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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2012

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $50,185.39* *Based on the 2012 average.

Legal Assistant was the 40th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2012, with 7,914 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2012, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $49,629.

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 3,987 $49,628.66
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,745 $50,855.46
Executive Office for Immigration Review 373 $56,166.97
Internal Revenue Service 253 $47,129.35
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 163 $47,777.39
Offices, Boards and Divisions 157 $56,785.93
U.S. Trustee Program 156 $48,139.76
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 134 $47,578.84
Small Business Administration 117 $38,956.34
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 66 $53,169.74
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 60 $50,621.25
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 54 $42,307.15
National Labor Relations Board 49 $49,430.51
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 45 $59,473.18
Patent and Trademark Office 38 $46,405.42
Federal Aviation Administration 38 $45,982.24
Bureau of Land Management 37 $41,284.16
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 33 $55,214.00
32 $50,282.78
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 29 $43,333.72
Indian Affairs 29 $37,213.52
Securities and Exchange Commission 28 $63,095.04
Office of Secretary of Labor 28 $51,524.18
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 21 $51,983.29
Office of Comptroller of Currency 21 $64,196.33
Veterans Health Administration 18 $41,282.17
Federal Trade Commission 14 $57,935.93
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 12 $59,278.50
Board of Veterans Appeals 11 $54,158.55
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 9 $53,179.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 8 $54,338.38
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 8 $61,092.00
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 8 $49,293.88
Environmental Protection Agency 7 $60,224.14
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 6 $50,573.33
Department of Energy 6 $51,166.33
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 5 $54,980.60
Federal Bureau of Investigation 5 $64,561.00
Departmental Administration 5 $60,401.40
Office of Personnel Management 5 $61,553.40
Office of Special Counsel 5 $42,209.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 4 $45,977.50
Drug Enforcement Administration 4 $53,377.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 4 $47,927.00
Food and Drug Administration 4 $47,393.00
U.S. Coast Guard 4 $46,148.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $49,467.00
National Park Service 3 $44,120.33
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $56,611.00
National Appeals Division 3 $57,269.67
Federal Highway Administration 3 $61,924.00
Headquarters, Nasa 2 $67,364.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 2 $78,808.50
Langley Research Center 2 $45,904.00
Surface Transportation Board 2 $53,755.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 2 $47,093.00
Farm Service Agency 2 $59,612.00
Federal Communications Commission 2 $61,122.50
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 2 $51,487.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 2 $67,347.50
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $47,381.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $61,603.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 2 $80,813.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $56,309.50
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $64,367.50
Federal Election Commission 2 $50,403.50
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $65,893.50
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $61,621.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $54,412.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $70,401.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $60,608.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $42,209.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $51,613.00
Transportation Security Administration 1 $58,957.00
Forest Service 1 $40,200.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $51,306.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1 $53,552.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $60,765.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $70,126.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $61,657.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $65,698.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $60,432.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $70,126.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $51,549.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $61,561.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $61,195.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $65,750.00
Presidio Trust 1 $136,600.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $42,209.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $50,185.39. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $136,600 in 2012.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,754
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 35
CG - Corporate Graded 33
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 28
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 23
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 21
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 15
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 2
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 1
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 1

Starting Paygrade: $19,543.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $59,316.00 / 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 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Legal Assistant was $41,404. Since then, the average pay has increased to $54,002 in 2018.

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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