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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2004

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $41,404.39* *Based on the 2004 average.
8,165 EMPLOYEES
$338.03M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Legal Assistant was the 30th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2004, with 8,165 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2004, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $41,986.

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 3,061 $41,986.13
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 2,148 $43,014.77
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 602 $32,587.84
Executive Office for Immigration Review 315 $44,086.93
Internal Revenue Service 280 $39,560.06
Offices, Boards and Divisions 182 $46,497.80
U.S. Trustee Program 157 $38,656.53
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 142 $39,296.36
Patent and Trademark Office 120 $36,364.38
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 103 $39,895.50
Bureau of Land Management 78 $35,498.83
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 61 $36,115.64
Office of Secretary of Labor 55 $46,171.62
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 54 $41,680.85
National Labor Relations Board 53 $40,488.58
Small Business Administration 52 $34,768.75
Board of Veterans Appeals 45 $43,769.89
Department of Energy 39 $42,489.82
Indian Affairs 39 $29,154.64
Securities and Exchange Commission 38 $47,758.79
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 38 $47,281.39
Federal Bureau of Investigation 29 $48,854.59
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 26 $45,104.88
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 25 $38,849.84
Federal Aviation Administration 24 $43,690.88
24 $39,449.04
Federal Trade Commission 22 $45,857.59
Environmental Protection Agency 21 $45,903.62
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 18 $46,768.56
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 17 $40,459.47
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 17 $36,224.88
Veterans Health Administration 15 $35,568.13
Office of Comptroller of Currency 14 $50,097.43
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 14 $43,217.36
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 14 $41,416.93
Forest Service 13 $36,419.46
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 12 $37,422.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 11 $40,150.55
Departmental Administration 10 $51,294.40
Food and Drug Administration 10 $43,711.70
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 8 $51,251.13
U.S. Coast Guard 8 $36,977.38
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 8 $37,670.38
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 7 $45,478.00
Office of Personnel Management 6 $45,815.33
Transportation Security Administration 6 $45,610.67
Farm Service Agency 6 $47,049.67
Federal Communications Commission 6 $42,038.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 5 $44,013.60
Federal Labor Relations Authority 5 $49,264.40
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 5 $48,031.40
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 4 $47,928.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 4 $47,924.50
Headquarters, Nasa 4 $52,977.00
National Appeals Division 3 $48,112.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 3 $47,954.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $40,175.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $43,789.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 3 $34,415.33
Office of Secretary of Transportation 3 $49,399.33
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 3 $50,410.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 2 $40,451.00
Office of Special Counsel 2 $34,184.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $45,231.50
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 2 $45,594.50
Surface Transportation Board 2 $32,814.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $34,184.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $34,184.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $31,452.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 2 $39,394.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 2 $36,295.50
National Park Service 2 $37,701.00
Langley Research Center 2 $39,068.00
Agency for International Development 2 $42,275.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2 $53,528.50
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 2 $57,559.50
John F. Kennedy Space Center 2 $40,177.00
Office of Justice Programs 2 $46,169.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 1 $49,195.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $59,862.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $41,588.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $42,915.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $37,602.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 1 $63,272.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $39,068.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $48,138.00
Office of the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Department 1 $51,572.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $43,613.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $50,716.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $34,455.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $37,858.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $31,425.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $47,578.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $36,379.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 1 $49,216.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $44,462.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $50,775.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $50,178.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 1 $42,160.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $51,572.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 1 $41,644.00
Federal Election Commission 1 $46,692.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $42,906.00
Presidio Trust 1 $108,285.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $47,954.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $52,188.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $26,699.00
National Mediation Board 1 $79,319.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $41,404.39. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $108,285 in 2004.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 8,034
CG - Corporate Graded 38
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 38
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 21
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 14
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 8
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 6
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 3
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 1
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 1

Starting Paygrade: $19,048.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $57,809.00 / 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
Contact RepresentativeClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
GuideTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
SecretaryClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Range TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Voucher ExaminingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Legal Assistance Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Legal Assistant was $41,404. Since then, the average pay has increased to $49,520 in 2017.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0986.

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