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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2011

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $49,920.54* *Based on the 2011 average.

Legal Assistant was the 39th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2011, with 7,965 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2011, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $49,271.

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 3,860 $49,270.74
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,832 $50,488.33
Executive Office for Immigration Review 409 $54,311.71
Internal Revenue Service 266 $47,090.72
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 187 $46,505.91
Offices, Boards and Divisions 180 $55,022.87
U.S. Trustee Program 160 $47,451.89
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 117 $47,796.34
Small Business Administration 70 $43,483.26
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 70 $49,728.87
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 69 $53,361.35
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 60 $41,759.58
National Labor Relations Board 45 $50,813.60
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 42 $58,935.19
Patent and Trademark Office 41 $45,757.32
Federal Aviation Administration 39 $45,759.23
36 $47,177.97
Bureau of Land Management 35 $42,008.83
Securities and Exchange Commission 34 $61,262.12
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 32 $54,621.47
Indian Affairs 32 $36,727.38
Board of Veterans Appeals 30 $54,410.93
Office of Secretary of Labor 24 $55,672.33
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 23 $43,609.39
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 20 $53,980.25
Office of Comptroller of Currency 18 $64,315.22
Federal Trade Commission 18 $56,520.89
Veterans Health Administration 15 $42,204.93
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 14 $58,989.71
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 10 $49,552.70
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 10 $51,739.10
Merit Systems Protection Board 9 $44,305.11
Department of Energy 8 $52,662.63
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 8 $53,917.88
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 7 $59,500.43
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 7 $49,001.57
Environmental Protection Agency 7 $60,699.57
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 7 $52,675.14
Departmental Administration 6 $61,422.17
Food and Drug Administration 5 $48,202.80
U.S. Coast Guard 5 $47,828.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 5 $63,368.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 4 $46,371.50
Drug Enforcement Administration 4 $54,540.75
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 4 $66,551.00
Office of Personnel Management 4 $64,963.25
Headquarters, Nasa 3 $65,477.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 3 $78,882.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $56,091.67
National Appeals Division 3 $59,892.67
Transportation Security Administration 3 $51,903.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 3 $50,117.33
Federal Highway Administration 3 $61,020.67
National Park Service 3 $43,257.67
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 2 $47,489.50
Federal Communications Commission 2 $61,095.50
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $66,568.50
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 2 $53,671.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 2 $77,786.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 2 $67,347.50
Surface Transportation Board 2 $52,197.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $45,487.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 2 $56,583.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $54,270.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $59,837.50
Farm Service Agency 2 $59,612.00
Federal Election Commission 2 $50,403.50
Langley Research Center 2 $44,283.50
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $61,346.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $51,656.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $70,602.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $60,765.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $42,209.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $61,657.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 1 $42,209.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $58,511.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $51,847.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 1 $60,765.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $51,549.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $52,251.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $70,126.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $61,195.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $60,608.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $67,114.00
Forest Service 1 $34,907.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $48,206.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $59,483.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1 $48,837.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $70,126.00
Presidio Trust 1 $137,100.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $60,368.00
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals 1 $62,302.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $66,250.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $49,920.54. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $137,100 in 2011.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,802
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 34
CG - Corporate Graded 32
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 31
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 21
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 18
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 18
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 3
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 3
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 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

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0986.

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