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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $59,444.73* *Based on the 2021 average.

Legal Assistant was the 62nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 4,790 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $60,831.

Government Legal Assistance jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Legal Assistance job is GS-1, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-9. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Clerical, secretary, and administrative positions fall under this category. No specialized technical background is needed for positions in this category except for stenographers which require a proficiency exam before being hired. Strong organizational and communication skills are the primary requirements for this job category. Military experience can often be applied as relevant experience when calculating starting grade. Employees in the job category receive promotions of 1 grade increase at a time.

Agencies that have hired a Legal Assistant

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Social Security Administration 2,001 $60,830.76
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,275 $61,143.41
Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals 256 $54,883.23
Executive Office for Immigration Review 202 $55,148.54
Internal Revenue Service 180 $53,157.92
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 170 $54,002.13
Small Business Administration 100 $50,592.72
U.S. Trustee Program 93 $58,217.23
Offices, Boards and Divisions 90 $64,789.00
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 63 $56,444.08
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 41 $68,321.17
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 34 $62,169.12
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 32 $49,257.59
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 32 $62,303.44
U.S. Tax Court 22 $68,963.14
Indian Affairs 21 $45,535.81
Office of Secretary of Labor 16 $58,161.81
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 16 $53,060.69
Federal Aviation Administration 15 $59,909.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 14 $82,795.71
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 9 $78,166.89
Patent and Trademark Office 8 $62,942.38
Office of Personnel Management 8 $66,344.13
Bureau of Land Management 8 $42,763.75
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 7 $53,823.00
National Labor Relations Board 7 $63,758.14
Securities and Exchange Commission 6 $81,005.50
Board of Veterans Appeals 5 $54,488.80
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 5 $63,642.20
Department of Energy 4 $63,565.75
Federal Trade Commission 4 $64,641.50
National Appeals Division 4 $67,426.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 3 $60,402.67
National Park Service 3 $53,725.00
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 3 $87,524.67
Drug Enforcement Administration 2 $70,775.00
Food and Drug Administration 2 $56,662.00
Transportation Security Administration 2 $63,841.50
Langley Research Center 2 $61,016.00
Federal Communications Commission 1 $71,263.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 1 $121,048.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 1 $70,775.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $65,621.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $78,167.00
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 1 $56,790.00
Federal Election Commission 1 $70,775.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $60,129.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $73,182.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $0.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $66,396.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 1 $70,775.00
Environmental Protection Agency 1 $67,743.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $70,775.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $60,629.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $90,085.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $78,467.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $66,142.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $86,535.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $85,978.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $76,162.00
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 1 $68,960.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $69,750.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 1 $56,790.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $77,289.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $59,444.73. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $121,048 in 2021.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 4,706
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 32
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 14
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 10
CG - Corporate Graded 9
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 6
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 5
CN - Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protect(cfpb) Independent Agcy Within The Fed Res Syst(use By Cfpb Only) 3
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 2
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Positions Previously Defined Under Pay Plan Codes Ad, Es, Gm, And Gs 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 1

Starting Paygrade: $20,999.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $63,734.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-9, Step 10
Category: Clerical and Administrative Support
Occupation Family: 0900 LEGAL AND KINDRED GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-1 Paygrade

GS-1 is the starting paygrade for Legal Assistance jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-1 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Claims Assistance and ExaminingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Safety TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
CodingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Soil Conservation TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Military PayClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Legal Assistance Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Legal Assistant was $41,404. Since then, the average pay has increased to $59,445 in 2021.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0986.

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