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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2009

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $48,720.86* *Based on the 2009 average.
7,729 EMPLOYEES
$376.51M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Legal Assistant was the 39th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2009, with 7,729 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2009, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $48,037.

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 3,487 $48,037.46
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,993 $48,892.13
Executive Office for Immigration Review 368 $54,192.19
Internal Revenue Service 252 $46,736.35
Offices, Boards and Divisions 202 $53,024.50
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 173 $45,289.31
U.S. Trustee Program 171 $46,332.68
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 79 $47,038.38
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 78 $49,439.44
Small Business Administration 70 $43,145.91
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 62 $52,888.31
Bureau of Land Management 54 $40,646.59
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 46 $42,193.50
National Labor Relations Board 46 $49,606.09
Patent and Trademark Office 44 $43,916.59
Securities and Exchange Commission 41 $58,256.71
37 $43,257.68
Board of Veterans Appeals 37 $50,665.95
Office of Secretary of Labor 31 $54,655.39
Federal Trade Commission 28 $54,099.57
Indian Affairs 28 $36,413.93
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 27 $42,790.85
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 26 $55,383.96
Department of Energy 26 $54,226.19
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 23 $56,366.09
Federal Aviation Administration 23 $50,422.57
Veterans Health Administration 18 $41,278.78
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 17 $51,748.41
Merit Systems Protection Board 15 $43,553.20
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 14 $48,556.64
Office of Comptroller of Currency 14 $64,893.29
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 11 $56,144.82
Environmental Protection Agency 11 $56,939.00
Office of Special Counsel 9 $41,210.00
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 9 $52,073.44
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 8 $49,541.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 8 $48,821.50
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 7 $67,912.57
Departmental Administration 6 $55,480.17
Federal Bureau of Investigation 6 $61,343.17
Drug Enforcement Administration 6 $50,331.33
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 6 $58,427.50
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 6 $51,999.83
U.S. Coast Guard 5 $45,487.60
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 4 $50,282.50
Office of Personnel Management 4 $62,170.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 4 $50,473.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 4 $42,916.25
National Transportation Safety Board 3 $63,358.33
Food and Drug Administration 3 $53,316.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 3 $47,680.00
National Park Service 3 $44,266.67
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 3 $65,246.00
Farm Service Agency 3 $55,899.67
National Appeals Division 3 $57,625.33
Federal Labor Relations Authority 3 $59,756.33
Headquarters, Nasa 3 $64,013.00
Surface Transportation Board 2 $48,682.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 2 $62,987.50
Federal Communications Commission 2 $58,135.50
Public Buildings Service 2 $44,976.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2 $60,622.50
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 2 $51,916.00
Transportation Security Administration 2 $42,929.00
Forest Service 2 $48,120.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $53,704.00
Federal Election Commission 2 $47,900.50
Langley Research Center 2 $42,307.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $65,588.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $63,010.50
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $50,500.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 1 $56,265.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $58,467.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $55,829.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $49,894.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 1 $78,084.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $46,436.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $45,458.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $64,151.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $59,993.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $50,367.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 1 $43,200.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 1 $59,333.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $57,849.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $35,903.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $66,613.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $39,656.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $49,252.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $58,625.00
Agency for International Development 1 $58,810.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $59,333.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $70,368.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $63,851.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $59,047.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $0.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 1 $33,269.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $55,786.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $50,408.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 1 $54,768.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1 $56,736.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $40,388.00
Presidio Trust 1 $131,331.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $48,720.86. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $131,331 in 2009.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,596
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 41
CG - Corporate Graded 23
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 19
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 19
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 14
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 7
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 4
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 2
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 1
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1
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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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