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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2010

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $49,695.37* *Based on the 2010 average.
7,990 EMPLOYEES
$397.07M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Legal Assistant was the 39th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2010, with 7,990 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2010, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $48,962.

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 3,722 $48,961.72
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,987 $50,008.81
Executive Office for Immigration Review 381 $54,896.42
Internal Revenue Service 262 $47,354.06
Offices, Boards and Divisions 193 $54,933.53
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 186 $46,313.83
U.S. Trustee Program 170 $47,148.45
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 85 $49,950.66
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 74 $48,102.43
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 65 $53,770.83
Small Business Administration 56 $45,004.16
Bureau of Land Management 53 $40,162.30
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 53 $41,913.45
National Labor Relations Board 48 $49,885.10
Patent and Trademark Office 43 $44,426.65
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 42 $58,739.02
40 $46,514.28
Securities and Exchange Commission 40 $59,783.50
Board of Veterans Appeals 39 $52,717.15
Federal Aviation Administration 35 $45,260.34
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 30 $55,051.70
Indian Affairs 30 $37,114.63
Office of Secretary of Labor 30 $56,183.83
Department of Energy 24 $57,040.50
Federal Trade Commission 24 $56,360.17
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 23 $43,699.26
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 19 $53,648.84
Veterans Health Administration 19 $42,055.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 18 $63,780.06
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 12 $49,828.58
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 12 $52,049.17
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 10 $57,042.70
Merit Systems Protection Board 9 $42,629.33
Environmental Protection Agency 9 $60,061.78
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 9 $50,058.11
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 8 $53,136.38
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 8 $50,350.38
Federal Bureau of Investigation 8 $60,107.25
Office of Special Counsel 7 $42,209.00
Departmental Administration 6 $56,021.00
U.S. Coast Guard 5 $47,164.00
Transportation Security Administration 5 $46,491.80
Office of Personnel Management 4 $64,103.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $54,462.33
Headquarters, Nasa 3 $65,477.00
Farm Service Agency 3 $56,874.67
National Transportation Safety Board 3 $65,827.67
National Appeals Division 3 $60,727.00
Federal Highway Administration 3 $58,818.00
Food and Drug Administration 3 $53,910.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $48,941.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 3 $42,350.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 3 $48,208.67
Federal Labor Relations Authority 3 $61,201.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 3 $78,465.67
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 3 $66,600.33
Surface Transportation Board 2 $51,418.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 2 $53,671.50
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 2 $67,347.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $54,270.00
Federal Election Commission 2 $49,057.00
Langley Research Center 2 $43,637.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 2 $58,428.50
Federal Communications Commission 2 $60,316.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $64,533.00
National Park Service 1 $49,244.00
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals 1 $61,952.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $51,806.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $59,483.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $59,494.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $60,765.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $77,368.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $67,458.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $61,521.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $68,230.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $42,209.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $58,761.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $60,807.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $42,277.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $50,117.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 1 $80,927.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $51,847.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $48,986.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $64,708.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $47,254.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $61,195.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $42,209.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $50,715.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 1 $60,765.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $65,393.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $60,608.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $68,980.00
Presidio Trust 1 $136,600.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $42,034.00
Forest Service 1 $53,302.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $49,695.37. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $136,600 in 2010.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,823
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 40
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 32
CG - Corporate Graded 30
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 19
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 18
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 16
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 3
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 1
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1
OF - Ofc Of Fed Housing Enterprise Oversight 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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