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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2014

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $52,196.21* *Based on the 2014 average.

Legal Assistant was the 59th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2014, with 6,948 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2014, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $52,301.

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 3,482 $52,301.12
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,526 $51,990.09
Executive Office for Immigration Review 387 $56,002.20
Internal Revenue Service 216 $48,402.92
U.S. Trustee Program 148 $49,415.86
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 144 $49,251.92
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 131 $49,909.69
Offices, Boards and Divisions 125 $58,832.05
Small Business Administration 88 $40,953.49
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 59 $51,073.50
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 55 $52,845.09
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 44 $44,286.41
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 44 $59,156.30
National Labor Relations Board 41 $48,473.78
Bureau of Land Management 26 $44,719.62
Indian Affairs 26 $37,734.35
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 26 $59,995.31
Federal Aviation Administration 26 $49,816.19
U.S. Tax Court 25 $54,921.36
Patent and Trademark Office 25 $46,766.68
Office of Secretary of Labor 23 $53,529.26
Securities and Exchange Commission 23 $66,744.43
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 22 $48,150.27
Office of Comptroller of Currency 20 $67,345.95
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 15 $55,442.60
Veterans Health Administration 14 $41,547.57
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 11 $52,428.73
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $58,717.20
Federal Trade Commission 9 $59,061.56
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 9 $54,400.78
Department of Energy 8 $54,593.38
Transportation Security Administration 8 $37,775.13
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 6 $63,829.50
Office of Personnel Management 6 $62,573.33
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 6 $0.00
Departmental Administration 6 $51,118.83
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 6 $54,700.17
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 5 $49,319.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 4 $61,370.00
Board of Veterans Appeals 4 $55,585.00
Environmental Protection Agency 4 $58,520.50
Food and Drug Administration 4 $54,283.25
Drug Enforcement Administration 4 $56,357.50
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $58,229.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 3 $53,843.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 3 $60,775.33
U.S. Coast Guard 3 $51,800.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 3 $49,424.00
National Park Service 3 $46,116.67
National Appeals Division 3 $61,092.33
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 3 $56,898.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 3 $46,949.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 3 $66,419.00
Federal Communications Commission 2 $61,706.00
Headquarters, Nasa 2 $68,037.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 2 $47,793.00
Langley Research Center 2 $47,667.50
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $66,918.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $69,574.00
Surface Transportation Board 2 $55,868.50
Farm Service Agency 2 $60,211.50
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $62,346.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $50,727.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 2 $59,095.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $57,102.50
Federal Election Commission 2 $52,274.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $63,928.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $72,740.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $75,417.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $61,757.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $62,830.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $66,193.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $53,256.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $46,894.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $61,377.00
Forest Service 1 $41,791.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $64,054.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1 $58,177.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $61,812.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 1 $91,633.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $72,740.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $46,382.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $66,049.00
Presidio Trust 1 $139,332.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $66,357.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $47,923.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $77,813.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $52,196.21. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $139,332 in 2014.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,799
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 34
CG - Corporate Graded 26
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 23
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 20
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 14
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 12
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 8
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 6
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 3
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 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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