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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2005

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $43,065.19* *Based on the 2005 average.
7,790 EMPLOYEES
$335.31M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Legal Assistant was the 33rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2005, with 7,790 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2005, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $43,750.

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 2,955 $43,750.05
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,999 $44,176.38
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 462 $34,895.17
Executive Office for Immigration Review 321 $45,985.96
Internal Revenue Service 276 $40,790.50
Offices, Boards and Divisions 192 $47,343.16
U.S. Trustee Program 160 $40,075.22
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 129 $42,174.09
Patent and Trademark Office 103 $38,097.66
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 103 $41,656.89
Small Business Administration 80 $34,106.21
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 76 $41,059.11
Bureau of Land Management 69 $37,166.58
National Labor Relations Board 55 $41,181.04
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 54 $43,882.30
Indian Affairs 52 $30,084.67
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 51 $38,368.02
Office of Secretary of Labor 49 $47,985.55
Securities and Exchange Commission 44 $49,061.36
Board of Veterans Appeals 41 $46,243.73
Department of Energy 40 $44,592.13
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 32 $48,539.75
Federal Bureau of Investigation 28 $50,593.61
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 27 $46,888.22
Federal Trade Commission 24 $47,531.50
Federal Aviation Administration 23 $44,437.48
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 23 $40,580.87
21 $41,866.43
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 21 $49,440.45
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 18 $37,472.83
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 15 $43,933.20
Environmental Protection Agency 14 $47,036.57
Office of Comptroller of Currency 14 $52,204.93
Merit Systems Protection Board 13 $39,301.31
Veterans Health Administration 12 $36,416.50
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 12 $43,269.92
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 11 $38,780.27
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 9 $46,574.44
Departmental Administration 9 $54,257.67
U.S. Coast Guard 9 $38,696.78
Forest Service 8 $36,628.50
Food and Drug Administration 6 $45,182.67
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 6 $35,040.67
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 6 $56,121.50
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 6 $47,888.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 5 $39,544.00
Headquarters, Nasa 5 $51,055.80
Farm Service Agency 5 $47,965.80
Office of Personnel Management 4 $52,035.50
Federal Labor Relations Authority 4 $52,115.00
Transportation Security Administration 4 $46,543.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 4 $50,024.75
Drug Enforcement Administration 3 $50,164.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 3 $54,926.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 3 $51,666.67
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 3 $53,962.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $46,348.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 3 $47,401.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 3 $38,272.67
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $42,454.67
Federal Communications Commission 3 $45,803.00
Office of Special Counsel 3 $35,452.00
National Appeals Division 3 $49,772.67
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $51,313.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 2 $44,383.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $51,977.00
Surface Transportation Board 2 $35,093.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $36,792.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 2 $41,358.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 2 $39,822.00
Langley Research Center 2 $40,970.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2 $57,069.50
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $33,804.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 1 $46,088.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $46,068.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $52,673.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $28,489.00
National Park Service 1 $40,980.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 1 $40,179.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $40,179.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 1 $47,111.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1 $45,803.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 1 $51,036.00
Federal Election Commission 1 $42,543.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $54,124.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1 $27,926.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $49,728.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 1 $66,436.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $53,481.00
National Mediation Board 1 $84,751.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $53,508.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $44,052.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $32,031.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $45,298.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 1 $44,495.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $36,633.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $43,365.00
Office of the Director 1 $50,528.00
Office of the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Department 1 $53,481.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $41,600.00
Presidio Trust 1 $113,700.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $49,414.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $43,065.19. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $113,700 in 2005.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,664
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 44
CG - Corporate Graded 32
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 14
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 13
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 10
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 6
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 4
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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