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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2007

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $46,205.17* *Based on the 2007 average.
7,110 EMPLOYEES
$328.47M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Legal Assistant was the 37th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2007, with 7,110 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2007, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $46,786.

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 2,928 $46,786.35
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,860 $46,225.88
Executive Office for Immigration Review 370 $48,465.65
Internal Revenue Service 254 $43,595.46
Offices, Boards and Divisions 191 $49,731.30
U.S. Trustee Program 181 $41,489.34
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 148 $43,691.91
Small Business Administration 138 $35,856.88
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 87 $45,452.97
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 83 $43,789.90
Bureau of Land Management 63 $38,311.05
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 59 $49,519.05
Patent and Trademark Office 47 $39,912.00
National Labor Relations Board 47 $45,102.60
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 44 $40,370.93
Board of Veterans Appeals 40 $48,703.60
Securities and Exchange Commission 38 $53,829.42
Indian Affairs 32 $35,336.34
Office of Secretary of Labor 31 $55,091.74
Department of Energy 29 $49,569.28
29 $40,584.17
Federal Trade Commission 28 $48,355.89
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 26 $52,521.54
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 25 $41,105.84
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 23 $46,139.70
Federal Aviation Administration 22 $47,959.14
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 20 $54,600.95
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 18 $48,499.89
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 18 $42,722.50
Environmental Protection Agency 14 $50,723.43
Office of Comptroller of Currency 14 $59,253.71
Veterans Health Administration 14 $38,765.29
Merit Systems Protection Board 12 $39,352.17
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 11 $46,703.64
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 10 $45,723.20
Federal Bureau of Investigation 8 $55,864.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 8 $41,988.50
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 7 $43,052.14
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 7 $51,118.43
Departmental Administration 6 $58,053.17
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 6 $48,347.33
U.S. Coast Guard 6 $41,531.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $63,945.80
Office of Personnel Management 5 $55,555.80
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 5 $42,680.60
Transportation Security Administration 5 $44,539.60
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 5 $54,436.80
Forest Service 5 $41,604.60
Farm Service Agency 4 $51,100.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 4 $54,740.75
Federal Communications Commission 3 $49,561.33
Food and Drug Administration 3 $50,258.33
National Transportation Safety Board 3 $57,084.33
Federal Highway Administration 3 $50,043.33
National Appeals Division 3 $50,472.67
Federal Labor Relations Authority 3 $54,452.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 3 $42,157.67
Headquarters, Nasa 3 $58,794.67
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $46,459.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $48,646.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 2 $44,214.50
Drug Enforcement Administration 2 $53,499.50
John F. Kennedy Space Center 2 $39,493.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $50,719.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $56,016.00
Surface Transportation Board 2 $38,388.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 2 $51,737.50
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $55,657.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 1 $48,635.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $57,283.00
Office of the Director 1 $33,872.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $51,029.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $37,640.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $59,153.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $33,610.00
Presidio Trust 1 $122,212.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $52,170.00
Office of the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Department 1 $58,318.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 1 $52,805.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 1 $72,894.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $44,676.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $46,766.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $56,204.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $53,773.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $52,968.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 1 $51,415.00
National Park Service 1 $44,094.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $49,110.00
Agency for International Development 1 $50,025.00
Federal Election Commission 1 $48,635.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $44,875.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $54,194.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $54,909.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $56,783.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $46,205.17. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $122,212 in 2007.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,983
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 38
CG - Corporate Graded 26
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 15
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 14
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 12
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 10
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
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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