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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2008

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $47,631.34* *Based on the 2008 average.
7,254 EMPLOYEES
$345.47M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Legal Assistant was the 39th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2008, with 7,254 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2008, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $47,763.

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 3,062 $47,762.66
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,938 $47,592.56
Executive Office for Immigration Review 384 $50,881.61
Internal Revenue Service 240 $45,656.63
Offices, Boards and Divisions 191 $51,229.09
U.S. Trustee Program 178 $43,743.89
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 153 $44,712.75
Small Business Administration 117 $38,715.20
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 77 $45,385.04
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 73 $48,187.03
Bureau of Land Management 57 $39,615.02
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 54 $51,012.41
National Labor Relations Board 46 $47,765.22
Patent and Trademark Office 45 $42,258.09
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 42 $42,038.69
Securities and Exchange Commission 38 $56,129.53
Board of Veterans Appeals 36 $50,884.67
32 $40,120.42
Office of Secretary of Labor 30 $55,028.23
Federal Trade Commission 28 $50,698.54
Indian Affairs 27 $34,155.85
Department of Energy 27 $51,843.63
Federal Aviation Administration 25 $48,480.92
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 25 $54,254.16
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 25 $42,025.40
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 20 $48,054.10
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 19 $56,175.63
Veterans Health Administration 17 $38,879.71
Office of Comptroller of Currency 15 $61,768.27
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 15 $51,525.27
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 15 $45,843.27
Environmental Protection Agency 14 $54,794.43
Merit Systems Protection Board 14 $40,132.50
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 10 $48,854.20
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 9 $62,311.33
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 8 $47,856.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 7 $51,358.14
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 7 $45,359.29
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 7 $53,591.14
Federal Bureau of Investigation 6 $60,357.00
U.S. Coast Guard 6 $39,740.17
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 5 $40,402.60
Departmental Administration 5 $52,769.80
Office of Personnel Management 5 $58,375.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 4 $46,823.75
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 4 $47,659.00
Food and Drug Administration 4 $51,133.75
Federal Labor Relations Authority 3 $57,141.00
Transportation Security Administration 3 $48,948.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $51,934.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 3 $44,856.67
National Park Service 3 $41,477.33
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 3 $63,660.67
Office of Special Counsel 3 $39,330.00
Headquarters, Nasa 3 $61,254.33
National Transportation Safety Board 3 $60,869.67
Farm Service Agency 3 $54,601.33
National Appeals Division 3 $54,434.33
Surface Transportation Board 2 $43,262.00
Forest Service 2 $43,454.50
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2 $58,097.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $50,947.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 2 $45,341.00
Federal Communications Commission 2 $55,822.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 2 $36,937.50
Federal Election Commission 2 $45,711.50
Langley Research Center 2 $41,068.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $52,994.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $62,193.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $60,140.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 1 $55,172.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $52,968.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $47,666.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $56,624.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $63,576.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $42,138.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $51,088.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $56,064.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $46,514.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $54,834.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 1 $75,081.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $55,662.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $53,421.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $61,169.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $47,552.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1 $54,553.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $35,392.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $46,216.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $39,330.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $60,942.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $53,873.00
Agency for International Development 1 $56,129.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $39,330.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $44,857.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $48,108.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 1 $51,116.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $57,687.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 1 $39,330.00
Presidio Trust 1 $130,276.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $64,076.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $40,330.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $47,631.34. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $130,276 in 2008.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,121
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 38
CG - Corporate Graded 25
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 15
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 15
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 15
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 10
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 9
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 3
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 1
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 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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