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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $53,144.27* *Based on the 2016 average.

Legal Assistant was the 45th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 6,982 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $53,631.

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 3,521 $53,630.79
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,591 $51,809.50
Executive Office for Immigration Review 441 $56,054.10
Internal Revenue Service 179 $49,885.40
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 156 $50,011.00
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 152 $48,541.18
U.S. Trustee Program 139 $51,403.23
Offices, Boards and Divisions 120 $58,498.76
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 55 $53,424.36
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 52 $51,984.59
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 46 $60,354.09
Small Business Administration 46 $46,974.59
National Labor Relations Board 40 $49,636.85
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 39 $44,892.87
Office of Secretary of Labor 31 $55,069.42
Indian Affairs 28 $36,831.61
U.S. Tax Court 26 $55,693.73
Federal Aviation Administration 25 $50,833.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 25 $48,581.96
Patent and Trademark Office 24 $48,891.71
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 21 $64,989.71
Office of Comptroller of Currency 20 $69,252.40
Securities and Exchange Commission 17 $73,592.94
Bureau of Land Management 15 $45,546.93
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 11 $56,606.36
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 10 $55,549.30
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 9 $59,142.33
Federal Trade Commission 8 $58,664.38
Veterans Health Administration 6 $43,952.50
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 6 $51,931.17
Office of Personnel Management 6 $57,430.33
Food and Drug Administration 5 $53,642.80
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 5 $500.00
National Park Service 5 $47,603.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 5 $50,794.60
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $64,910.20
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 4 $61,463.50
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 4 $65,916.00
Departmental Administration 4 $56,849.75
Transportation Security Administration 4 $44,372.75
Federal Labor Relations Authority 4 $63,112.75
Environmental Protection Agency 4 $60,711.25
Department of Energy 4 $53,797.75
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 4 $51,895.50
Board of Veterans Appeals 3 $52,512.33
National Appeals Division 3 $64,397.67
Federal Highway Administration 3 $65,794.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 3 $61,276.00
Surface Transportation Board 2 $58,051.00
Office of Special Counsel 2 $43,029.50
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 2 $61,307.50
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $57,886.50
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $65,368.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 2 $50,041.50
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $67,847.00
Federal Communications Commission 2 $63,757.00
Federal Election Commission 2 $53,560.00
Langley Research Center 2 $52,460.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 2 $63,512.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 2 $52,548.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $58,802.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $67,415.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $63,361.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $66,109.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $49,509.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $64,334.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 1 $93,887.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $63,221.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $62,022.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 1 $69,688.00
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals 1 $56,996.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $62,888.00
Government Printing Office 1 $59,664.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1 $61,441.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $69,460.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $61,477.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $74,536.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 1 $62,888.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $74,536.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $59,441.00
Presidio Trust 1 $143,543.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $64,859.00
Forest Service 1 $44,036.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $55,963.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $53,144.27. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $143,543 in 2016.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,845
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 36
CG - Corporate Graded 21
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 20
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 17
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 14
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 11
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 5
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 4
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 4
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 2
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 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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