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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $52,050.87* *Based on the 2015 average.

Legal Assistant was the 44th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 7,150 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2015, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $51,946.

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 3,707 $51,946.41
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,576 $51,616.88
Executive Office for Immigration Review 406 $56,129.75
Internal Revenue Service 202 $48,680.81
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 153 $49,158.03
U.S. Trustee Program 144 $50,618.05
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 135 $49,341.73
Offices, Boards and Divisions 117 $58,941.03
Small Business Administration 70 $42,889.01
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 59 $50,910.60
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 48 $53,591.48
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 47 $43,444.34
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 42 $59,567.26
National Labor Relations Board 36 $49,396.64
Office of Secretary of Labor 29 $53,621.07
Federal Aviation Administration 25 $49,406.24
Patent and Trademark Office 23 $47,277.30
Indian Affairs 23 $38,000.09
U.S. Tax Court 23 $56,331.30
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 22 $61,703.59
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 22 $48,439.50
Securities and Exchange Commission 19 $71,111.00
Bureau of Land Management 18 $46,257.50
Office of Comptroller of Currency 17 $68,399.76
Customs and Border Protection 12 $57,404.75
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 11 $54,496.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $58,756.60
Transportation Security Administration 10 $45,140.20
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 8 $56,043.50
Office of Personnel Management 7 $60,905.14
Federal Trade Commission 7 $60,100.57
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 7 $52,719.57
Veterans Health Administration 6 $42,030.67
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 6 $46,919.83
Department of Energy 6 $51,756.50
Departmental Administration 6 $53,414.83
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $61,938.20
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 5 $0.00
Food and Drug Administration 4 $55,153.75
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 4 $64,515.75
Environmental Protection Agency 4 $59,617.50
National Park Service 3 $46,326.33
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $59,510.67
Merit Systems Protection Board 3 $48,341.67
National Appeals Division 3 $62,461.67
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 3 $57,631.67
Citizenship and Immigration Services 3 $61,869.67
Board of Veterans Appeals 3 $57,594.67
Drug Enforcement Administration 3 $59,874.00
U.S. Coast Guard 3 $52,670.00
Surface Transportation Board 2 $56,429.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $63,639.50
Federal Communications Commission 2 $62,746.50
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 2 $57,802.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 2 $49,459.00
Langley Research Center 2 $48,141.00
Federal Election Commission 2 $52,797.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $64,562.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1 $73,962.00
Government Printing Office 1 $58,814.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $61,994.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $64,695.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $38,747.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $62,434.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $68,915.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 1 $68,785.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $65,998.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $59,089.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $57,997.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $63,462.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $53,784.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $50,016.00
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals 1 $54,623.00
Presidio Trust 1 $144,422.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $41,827.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $47,361.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $62,234.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $65,340.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $73,462.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $66,710.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $73,462.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 1 $93,466.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1 $58,863.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $58,871.00
Forest Service 1 $43,526.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $52,050.87. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $144,422 in 2015.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,013
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 33
CG - Corporate Graded 22
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 19
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 17
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 14
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 11
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 10
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 5
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 3
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1

Starting Paygrade: $20,172.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $61,227.00 / 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
Claims Assistance and ExaminingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Safety TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
CodingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Soil Conservation TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Military PayClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Legal Assistance Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Legal Assistant was $41,404. Since then, the average pay has increased to $59,445 in 2021.

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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