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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2013

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $50,816.02* *Based on the 2013 average.

Legal Assistant was the 40th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2013, with 7,482 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2013, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $50,645.

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 3,708 $50,645.40
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,682 $50,892.28
Executive Office for Immigration Review 381 $55,589.15
Internal Revenue Service 238 $47,514.66
U.S. Trustee Program 155 $48,384.30
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 151 $48,534.19
Offices, Boards and Divisions 146 $57,033.19
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 142 $48,360.77
Small Business Administration 113 $39,346.78
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 55 $52,559.89
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 54 $51,620.33
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 51 $42,998.98
National Labor Relations Board 45 $48,040.09
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 44 $58,004.57
Patent and Trademark Office 35 $46,269.51
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 30 $57,285.77
U.S. Tax Court 29 $50,369.55
Office of Secretary of Labor 28 $52,677.14
Bureau of Land Management 28 $42,961.39
Federal Aviation Administration 27 $49,690.59
Indian Affairs 27 $37,198.93
Securities and Exchange Commission 27 $64,491.89
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 26 $46,285.31
Office of Comptroller of Currency 22 $67,307.95
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 20 $52,986.15
Veterans Health Administration 17 $42,046.29
Federal Trade Commission 15 $57,573.53
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 10 $0.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $58,652.30
Board of Veterans Appeals 8 $55,231.25
Transportation Security Administration 8 $35,261.75
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 8 $53,166.13
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 8 $54,134.88
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 7 $62,443.86
Environmental Protection Agency 7 $60,405.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 7 $50,351.29
Department of Energy 7 $53,181.43
Departmental Administration 5 $61,294.40
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 5 $47,874.20
Office of Personnel Management 5 $62,840.40
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 5 $54,980.60
Food and Drug Administration 4 $52,775.00
U.S. Coast Guard 4 $46,340.50
Federal Bureau of Investigation 4 $66,331.75
Drug Enforcement Administration 4 $55,312.75
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $57,683.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 3 $59,695.33
Federal Emergency Management Agency 3 $47,610.00
National Appeals Division 3 $59,124.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $50,964.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 3 $48,004.67
National Park Service 3 $44,551.33
Federal Election Commission 2 $50,403.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 2 $78,658.50
Headquarters, Nasa 2 $67,114.00
Surface Transportation Board 2 $53,755.00
Langley Research Center 2 $45,904.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 2 $46,740.50
Federal Communications Commission 2 $60,765.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 2 $53,755.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $61,603.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 2 $47,770.00
Farm Service Agency 2 $59,612.00
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $66,253.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $56,309.50
Federal Highway Administration 2 $68,734.50
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $60,865.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $62,203.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $65,550.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $51,948.00
Office of the Director 1 $46,745.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $52,731.00
Presidio Trust 1 $136,600.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $60,765.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $61,146.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $63,419.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $73,342.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $61,195.00
Forest Service 1 $40,084.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $70,126.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1 $55,279.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $65,393.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 1 $81,020.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $65,698.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $67,589.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $70,126.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $54,412.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $50,816.02. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $136,600 in 2013.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,317
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 36
CG - Corporate Graded 30
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 27
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 22
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 16
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 11
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 10
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 8
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 3
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 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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