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Legal Assistant - Federal Salaries of 2017

Pay Rates for "Legal Assistant"

How much does a Legal Assistant in the federal government get paid? $49,519.90* *Based on the 2017 average.

Legal Assistant was the 41st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2017, with 7,176 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2017, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Legal Assistance, with an average salary of $54,920.

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 3,475 $54,919.65
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,492 $5,595.19
Executive Office for Immigration Review 579 $54,588.47
Small Business Administration 322 $41,673.96
Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals 178 $50,095.29
Internal Revenue Service 168 $51,114.02
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 142 $50,382.75
U.S. Trustee Program 127 $52,778.30
Offices, Boards and Divisions 113 $60,407.81
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 62 $51,966.70
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 47 $57,004.51
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 42 $61,722.29
National Labor Relations Board 36 $52,232.94
Office of Secretary of Labor 35 $57,131.60
Indian Affairs 30 $39,027.73
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 26 $46,510.81
Patent and Trademark Office 24 $49,534.58
Federal Aviation Administration 22 $54,442.18
U.S. Tax Court 21 $58,521.95
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 20 $65,974.20
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 19 $51,971.37
Office of Comptroller of Currency 17 $71,475.29
Bureau of Land Management 14 $44,534.14
Securities and Exchange Commission 13 $75,774.85
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 9 $60,051.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 9 $59,527.89
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 9 $58,061.89
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 7 $58,730.57
Federal Trade Commission 7 $60,123.57
Department of Energy 6 $54,259.33
National Appeals Division 6 $61,668.50
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 6 $57,066.67
Food and Drug Administration 5 $55,537.20
National Park Service 5 $49,269.40
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $67,801.40
Environmental Protection Agency 4 $59,818.50
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 4 $500.00
Office of Personnel Management 4 $64,537.75
Veterans Health Administration 4 $47,494.50
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 4 $53,340.25
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 3 $54,738.00
Board of Veterans Appeals 3 $47,337.67
Federal Labor Relations Authority 3 $65,255.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 3 $59,170.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 3 $67,357.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 2 $55,520.00
Federal Communications Commission 2 $65,553.50
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $70,652.00
Surface Transportation Board 2 $60,552.50
Merit Systems Protection Board 2 $55,413.50
Transportation Security Administration 2 $47,948.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 2 $63,527.00
Federal Election Commission 2 $55,935.00
Langley Research Center 2 $53,314.50
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2 $39,501.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $60,322.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $78,703.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $65,997.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $0.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $64,699.00
Bureau of Reclamation 1 $45,156.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $65,757.00
Presidio Trust 1 $146,557.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $57,540.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 1 $64,699.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $50,935.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $63,038.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $69,162.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $68,368.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 1 $52,893.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $60,586.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $64,572.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1 $65,774.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $78,703.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 1 $108,827.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $71,467.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $58,638.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $77,185.00

Legal Assistant Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $49,519.90. The highest paid Legal Assistant made $146,557 in 2017.

Common Legal Assistant Payscales

Payscale Number of Legal Assistance Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,059
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 32
CG - Corporate Graded 20
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 17
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 13
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 13
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 9
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 4
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 4
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 2
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 1
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 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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