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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2006

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $44,793.04* *Based on the 2006 average.
7,372 EMPLOYEES
$330.08M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Legal Assistant was the 35th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2006, with 7,372 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2006, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $45,849.

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 2,894 $45,848.55
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,886 $45,747.87
Executive Office for Immigration Review 355 $47,218.20
Small Business Administration 332 $30,869.48
Internal Revenue Service 274 $42,181.89
Offices, Boards and Divisions 188 $48,652.41
U.S. Trustee Program 173 $40,407.56
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 134 $43,169.13
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 100 $42,615.68
Patent and Trademark Office 83 $38,533.82
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 81 $43,487.09
Bureau of Land Management 64 $37,698.36
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 62 $47,704.02
National Labor Relations Board 50 $43,600.40
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 45 $40,049.49
Securities and Exchange Commission 42 $51,248.57
Board of Veterans Appeals 40 $48,285.73
Indian Affairs 38 $31,778.45
Department of Energy 36 $47,249.83
Office of Secretary of Labor 32 $53,387.88
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 31 $39,660.06
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 30 $50,597.53
Federal Trade Commission 28 $48,165.11
26 $40,138.88
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 25 $48,156.76
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 22 $41,831.09
Federal Aviation Administration 21 $46,346.57
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 19 $51,723.79
Environmental Protection Agency 16 $49,079.44
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 15 $46,347.73
Veterans Health Administration 13 $36,901.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 13 $55,735.85
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 12 $44,743.67
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 12 $44,301.42
Federal Bureau of Investigation 12 $53,880.67
Merit Systems Protection Board 11 $42,267.64
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 11 $40,821.82
Departmental Administration 9 $56,564.00
U.S. Coast Guard 7 $39,732.14
Forest Service 7 $40,776.86
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 7 $47,522.29
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 6 $42,004.17
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 5 $52,488.80
Farm Service Agency 5 $50,150.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $60,926.60
Office of Personnel Management 5 $53,138.60
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 4 $53,707.67
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 4 $50,698.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 4 $54,188.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 3 $49,578.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 3 $40,926.33
Headquarters, Nasa 3 $56,995.33
National Transportation Safety Board 3 $55,142.67
Office of Secretary of Transportation 3 $53,893.00
National Appeals Division 3 $48,374.67
Federal Communications Commission 3 $47,830.67
Food and Drug Administration 3 $47,648.67
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 3 $42,127.67
Transportation Security Administration 3 $46,755.67
Federal Highway Administration 2 $59,031.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $54,578.00
Surface Transportation Board 2 $36,299.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 2 $45,277.50
Office of Special Counsel 2 $36,671.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 2 $49,074.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 2 $42,779.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 2 $51,440.00
National Park Service 1 $42,138.00
Office of the Director 1 $52,794.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $50,087.00
Federal Election Commission 1 $47,380.00
Presidio Trust 1 $117,111.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 1 $70,090.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $51,440.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 1 $51,440.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $55,128.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $45,532.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $46,351.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $36,671.00
Langley Research Center 1 $42,779.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $42,779.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $32,944.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $48,251.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $55,324.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $39,115.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 1 $50,087.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $38,627.00
Office of the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Department 1 $55,326.00
Agency for International Development 1 $48,733.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $54,434.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $43,623.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1 $31,185.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $44,672.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $51,089.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $55,326.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $51,440.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $47,531.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 1 $46,026.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $57,628.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $44,793.04. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $117,111 in 2006.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,256
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 42
CG - Corporate Graded 30
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 13
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 11
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 10
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 3
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 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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