The Need For 20/20 Clarity

We are facing a very uncertain year. Politics, elections, unstable markets, historically low unemployment, unprecedented business growth, and talks of an impending recession each contribute to what could be a tumultuous 2020.

Many employers will approach recruiting, hiring, and retention with a bit of trepidation but the historic unemployment rate will require that employers continue to actively recruit from within the existing workforce and react quickly.

As your business partner, our primary concern is to help you create a 2020 hiring roadmap. We hope this Salary Guide is one of many resources that will provide the clarity you seek.

Where Did We Get Our Data?

We place thousands of candidates in office, professional, customer service, human resources, healthcare, and manufacturing positions for hundreds of companies in a variety of industries. We’ve compiled definitive compensation data based on our actual placements.

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Where do we get our data?

We compare our own internal research with access to data from the Economic Research Institute to fine-tune our ranges. We then send all of our finalized salary research to our recruiters in every branch across the U.S. (the recruiters who interview and hire for our business clients each day) and seek their final review and meticulous input “from the ground level” in order to create our publication data.

Interpreting our data

If you feel the published salary range for your region is too low or too high (assuming you have also applied the appropriate multiplier for your market), you may need further data about your specific industry and geographic location.

Contact your local Ledgent branch to request market-specific data for your industry and location. Your Ledgent recruiter can consult with you regarding updated candidate availability in the market and fluctuations in competitive pay being offered.

A Guide to Salaries

We know that the better informed you are, the more competitive you can be in today’s tight candidate market. We have access to extensive salary and employment research (too much data to simplify into columns within a Salary Guide publication).

Consider this Salary Guide a basic overview of the average salary ranges in your market for each listed position. We look forward to providing you more detailed data for your specific position openings as we gain a better understanding of your hiring and retention needs for next 12 months.

Salaries and pay ranges will continue to increase in 2020 across most skill categories and industries–more than we’ve seen in the past several years.

You want to ensure your offerings are competitive when attracting candidates, but most likely your primary concern is getting current employees aligned with today’s market rates. We look forward to helping you accomplish this goal.

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NATIONAL OVERVIEW

Southern California: Small Firms

City

West Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles Valley
Long Beach
Inland Empire
Orange County
San Diego
Positions
Salary
Paralegal (1 - 3 yrs)
42,845 - 65,139
43,496 - 59,991
42,235 - 54,633
42,130 - 51,796
42,078 - 50,640
42,794 - 53,267
42,971 - 57,995
Paralegal (3 - 5 yrs)
58,835 - 75,120
55,998 - 71,548
48,854 - 65,664
46,333 - 62,197
45,282 - 61,146
51,376 - 69,026
54,107 - 69,131
Paralegal (5 - 8 yrs)
66,640 - 90,774
64,626 - 87,202
61,777 - 82,684
58,625 - 78,377
57,259 - 76,696
64,508 - 86,887
64,403 - 84,260
Paralegal (8+ yrs)
77,285 - 115,569
77,183 - 109,895
72,178 - 97,078
68,396 - 92,140
66,925 - 90,144
75,855 - 102,121
77,011 - 106,113
Legal Secretary (1 - 3 yrs)
43,601 - 60,621
43,128 - 57,784
42,130 - 50,535
42,025 - 47,488
42,025 - 46,543
42,655 - 57,469
42,732 - 55,788
Legal Secretary (3 - 5 yrs)
53,582 - 73,018
51,455 - 69,551
48,539 - 61,672
46,017 - 57,784
44,967 - 57,049
51,060 - 65,139
51,376 - 67,135
Legal Secretary (5 - 8 yrs)
63,909 - 84,050
63,755 - 79,848
60,726 - 73,964
57,574 - 70,182
56,314 - 68,606
63,878 - 77,851
63,806 - 77,116
Legal Secretary (8+ yrs)
72,416 - 96,973
72,160 - 92,245
67,555 - 85,626
64,088 - 81,213
62,722 - 79,427
71,022 - 90,039
72,388 - 89,093
Administrator/Office Manager
78,272 - 130,908
71,127 - 124,604
69,551 - 112,942
65,874 - 107,059
64,508 - 104,747
72,808 - 118,721
72,913 - 120,297
Litigation Support Manager
84,409 - 125,760
87,412 - 121,767
80,688 - 98,023
76,591 - 92,980
74,910 - 90,984
84,365 - 103,066
84,891 - 117,565
Attorney (1 - 3 yrs)
69,867 - 146,142
66,189 - 138,998
61,041 - 125,024
57,889 - 118,616
56,629 - 115,989
64,193 - 131,538
65,034 - 134,165
Attorney (3 - 5 yrs)
147,823 - 181,023
140,784 - 172,197
127,756 - 153,286
121,242 - 145,407
118,616 - 142,255
134,375 - 161,166
135,951 - 166,314

Southern California: In-House

City

West Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles Valley
Long Beach
Inland Empire
Orange County
San Diego
Positions
Salary
In-House Paralegal
74,594 - 128,125
56,944 - 128,125
52,846 - 70,707
50,325 - 67,240
49,274 - 65,874
54,948 - 72,808
55,473 - 74,174
In-House Legal Secretary
59,676 - 92,271
56,314 - 92,262
49,169 - 62,407
46,543 - 59,150
45,597 - 57,889
51,691 - 65,559
54,527 - 70,182
Contracts Administrator
74,594 - 153,765
69,656 - 128,125
51,060 - 66,189
48,434 - 63,195
47,383 - 63,090
53,687 - 71,495
57,154 - 78,849
In-House Attorney
142,150 - 207,500
128,125 - 197,728
130,803 - 179,132
123,974 - 169,886
121,347 - 166,209
136,476 - 188,377
137,317 - 190,899

Southern California: Mid/Large Firms

City

West Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles Valley
Long Beach
Inland Empire
Orange County
San Diego
Positions
Salary
Paralegal (Entry-level ABA)
41,328 - 59,255
41,308 - 57,574
41,005 - 50,955
41,021 - 51,901
41,000 - 47,278
41,154 - 53,582
41,179 - 55,578
Paralegal (1 - 3 yrs)
46,146 - 67,975
45,818 - 66,715
42,550 - 55,053
42,340 - 52,216
42,078 - 51,060
42,340 - 66,189
45,807 - 64,403
Paralegal (3 - 5 yrs)
64,403 - 77,431
61,515 - 75,435
52,636 - 65,349
50,010 - 61,987
48,854 - 60,621
55,368 - 68,711
61,462 - 73,964
Paralegal (5 - 8 yrs)
79,427 - 101,595
76,926 - 99,704
57,995 - 83,210
54,948 - 73,964
53,792 - 72,388
68,711 - 81,949
72,913 - 96,237
Paralegal (8+ yrs)
90,774 - 123,764
83,538 - 122,083
75,225 - 94,661
71,337 - 89,828
69,762 - 87,832
79,112 - 99,599
83,420 - 117,880
Legal Secretary (1 - 3 yrs)
43,811 - 61,777
43,496 - 59,676
42,130 - 54,738
42,078 - 48,749
42,025 - 50,745
42,235 - 57,574
43,076 - 57,679
Legal Secretary (3 - 5 yrs)
58,520 - 80,373
54,889 - 76,591
50,535 - 64,088
47,909 - 60,831
46,858 - 59,465
53,162 - 67,450
55,158 - 72,808
Legal Secretary (5 - 8 yrs)
66,369 - 95,817
65,805 - 91,194
65,349 - 78,061
61,987 - 79,112
60,621 - 77,326
66,189 - 87,622
66,215 - 88,042
Legal Secretary (8+ yrs)
77,439 - 99,599
76,978 - 97,288
73,544 - 91,194
70,392 - 86,466
68,291 - 84,680
77,388 - 93,926
77,442 - 96,132
Administrator / Office Manager
90,879 - 186,276
90,039 - 183,334
80,058 - 152,025
75,960 - 144,251
74,279 - 141,099
84,260 - 159,905
86,887 - 177,030
Paralegal Manager
94,346 - 143,305
93,296 - 136,371
77,956 - 112,312
73,964 - 106,533
72,388 - 104,222
81,949 - 118,090
90,144 - 131,643
Secretarial Mgr. / Supervisor
83,104 - 129,857
82,054 - 113,468
67,345 - 100,545
63,878 - 95,397
62,512 - 93,296
70,812 - 105,798
79,217 - 109,580
Records Managers
73,754 - 105,273
69,026 - 102,016
57,574 - 91,509
54,633 - 86,782
53,477 - 84,891
60,516 - 96,237
66,610 - 98,549
Legal Biller
36,982 - 71,750
35,721 - 66,625
32,359 - 45,912
30,783 - 43,706
30,048 - 42,760
34,040 - 52,636
34,671 - 53,477
Attorney (1 - 3 yrs)
131,853 - 196,572
130,593 - 197,518
110,421 - 146,457
104,747 - 138,893
102,541 - 135,846
116,199 - 154,022
126,180 - 190,688
Attorney (3 - 5 yrs)
164,003 - 260,135
172,828 - 257,193
123,974 - 192,054
117,670 - 182,178
115,043 - 178,291
130,383 - 202,035
166,944 - 248,368

Northern California: Small Firms

City

San Francisco
Peninsula
North Bay
South Bay
East Bay
Sacramento
Positions
Salary
Paralegal (1 - 3 yrs)
48,434 - 70,077
49,169 - 71,127
43,811 - 63,353
46,122 - 66,715
47,068 - 68,081
48,000 - 56,524
Paralegal (3 - 5 yrs)
71,022 - 87,937
72,073 - 85,626
64,088 - 79,427
67,555 - 80,268
68,921 - 85,416
55,734 - 68,000
Paralegal (5 - 8 yrs)
94,031 - 104,432
95,397 - 105,903
84,891 - 94,241
89,513 - 99,389
91,299 - 101,385
65,000 - 84,155
Paralegal (8+ yrs)
101,490 - 156,018
102,961 - 158,329
91,615 - 140,889
96,552 - 148,453
98,549 - 151,500
74,000 - 93,275
Legal Secretary (1 - 3 yrs)
44,547 - 69,341
45,282 - 70,392
42,130 - 62,617
42,445 - 65,979
43,286 - 67,345
40,974 - 55,893
Legal Secretary (3 - 5 yrs)
66,400 - 84,260
67,450 - 85,101
59,991 - 76,170
63,248 - 83,735
64,508 - 81,949
52,249 - 67,555
Legal Secretary (5 - 8 yrs)
80,898 - 105,063
82,159 - 110,316
73,124 - 90,459
77,011 - 95,292
78,587 - 97,288
63,627 - 80,793
Legal Secretary (8+ yrs)
86,361 - 110,500
87,622 - 115,420
77,956 - 93,401
82,159 - 98,444
83,840 - 100,440
67,829 - 80,739
Administrator/Office Manager
99,809 - 151,815
100,020 - 154,022
84,155 - 137,107
89,356 - 144,461
89,408 - 147,403
69,700 - 85,000
Litigation Support Manager
114,203 - 125,760
115,779 - 127,546
103,066 - 113,573
108,635 - 119,666
110,841 - 122,083
71,750 - 95,325
Attorney (1 - 3 yrs)
123,448 - 176,715
125,235 - 179,237
111,471 - 159,590
117,460 - 168,100
119,876 - 171,567
87,125 - 112,750
Attorney (3 - 5 yrs)
172,828 - 233,134
175,349 - 236,496
156,018 - 210,440
164,423 - 221,787
167,785 - 226,305
112,750 - 153,750

Northern California: In-House Firms

City

Bay Area
Sacramento
Positions
Salary
In-House Paralegal
78,400 - 147,000
68,034 - 93,275
In-House Legal Secretary
64,800 - 105,000
56,247 - 84,575
Contracts Administrator
80,400 - 120,600
71,007 - 107,584
In-House Attorney
132,300 - 250,000
114,877 - 196,257

Northern California: Mid/Large Firms

City

San Francisco
Peninsula
North Bay
South Bay
East Bay
Sacramento
Positions
Salary
Paralegal (Entry-level ABA)
46,543 - 64,929
47,173 - 65,874
42,025 - 58,625
44,231 - 61,777
45,177 - 63,038
41,999 - 52,321
Paralegal (1 - 3 yrs)
54,107 - 76,696
54,948 - 74,594
48,854 - 69,236
51,481 - 73,018
52,531 - 74,489
42,717 - 61,777
Paralegal (3 - 5 yrs)
71,443 - 99,599
72,493 - 89,198
64,508 - 89,934
67,975 - 94,766
69,341 - 96,658
56,144 - 80,268
Paralegal (5 - 8 yrs)
96,342 - 115,884
97,708 - 117,565
86,992 - 104,642
91,615 - 110,316
93,506 - 112,522
75,722 - 93,401
Paralegal (8+ yrs)
100,440 - 153,812
101,911 - 156,018
90,669 - 138,893
95,502 - 146,352
97,498 - 149,294
78,899 - 98,000
Legal Secretary (1 - 3 yrs)
50,010 - 72,808
50,745 - 77,851
45,177 - 66,715
47,593 - 69,867
48,539 - 72,808
41,077 - 59,255
Legal Secretary (3 - 5 yrs)
70,182 - 88,042
71,232 - 100,965
63,458 - 80,058
66,820 - 94,766
68,186 - 85,416
55,222 - 71,758
Legal Secretary (5 - 8 yrs)
83,210 - 103,697
84,470 - 105,168
75,120 - 93,611
79,217 - 84,260
80,793 - 100,650
65,369 - 74,000
Legal Secretary (8+ yrs)
90,144 - 113,362
91,404 - 115,043
81,423 - 102,436
85,731 - 107,899
87,517 - 110,106
70,802 - 85,000
Administrator / Office Manager
109,895 - 210,125
111,576 - 220,375
99,284 - 173,563
104,642 - 182,809
106,744 - 186,591
71,750 - 125,000
Paralegal Manager
110,106 - 169,571
111,681 - 172,092
99,389 - 153,076
104,747 - 161,376
106,849 - 164,633
86,484 - 114,518
Secretarial Mgr. / Supervisor
97,393 - 142,045
98,864 - 144,146
87,937 - 128,281
92,665 - 135,215
94,556 - 137,947
76,542 - 114,518
Records Managers
78,902 - 109,475
80,058 - 111,156
71,232 - 98,864
75,015 - 104,222
76,591 - 106,323
61,987 - 88,253
Legal Biller
59,570 - 92,035
60,411 - 93,296
53,792 - 83,104
56,629 - 87,517
57,784 - 89,303
46,817 - 74,174
Attorney (1 - 3 yrs)
145,512 - 257,986
147,718 - 268,492
131,433 - 196,257
138,472 - 206,868
141,309 - 211,071
114,364 - 175,139
Attorney (3 - 5 yrs)
200,669 - 278,416
203,506 - 288,922
181,128 - 219,896
190,899 - 231,768
194,786 - 236,496
138,000 - 188,700

National Overview: Small Firms

City

Washington D.C.
Denver
Houston
St. Louis
Phoenix
Positions
Salary
Paralegal (1 - 3 yrs)
46,494 - 65,867
39,714 - 50,640
37,890 - 47,877
30,930 - 39,083
31,240 - 39,474
Paralegal (3 - 5 yrs)
58,225 - 76,091
49,590 - 64,193
47,259 - 60,335
38,579 - 49,253
38,965 - 49,746
Paralegal (5 - 8 yrs)
69,311 - 91,051
64,088 - 85,311
58,791 - 79,486
47,993 - 64,887
48,472 - 65,535
Paralegal (8+ yrs)
81,903 - 113,114
74,805 - 101,595
68,263 - 91,841
55,725 - 74,973
56,282 - 75,722
Legal Secretary (1 - 3 yrs)
44,180 - 60,270
42,130 - 56,103
41,236 - 50,760
33,662 - 41,437
33,999 - 41,851
Legal Secretary (3 - 5 yrs)
51,445 - 72,324
49,800 - 68,396
45,509 - 63,012
37,150 - 51,439
37,522 - 51,953
Legal Secretary (5 - 8 yrs)
66,835 - 84,163
62,827 - 76,906
58,482 - 71,146
47,740 - 58,079
48,218 - 58,659
Legal Secretary (8+ yrs)
77,921 - 95,141
70,287 - 88,568
65,277 - 82,163
53,288 - 67,072
53,821 - 67,743
Administrator/Office Manager
90,210 - 128,289
73,229 - 116,672
68,057 - 108,109
55,557 - 88,253
56,113 - 89,135
Litigation Support Manager
90,620 - 125,168
83,210 - 102,751
77,427 - 95,136
63,206 - 77,662
63,838 - 78,439
Attorney (1 - 3 yrs)
112,263 - 191,573
63,458 - 129,437
60,953 - 123,245
49,758 - 100,608
50,255 - 101,614
Attorney (3 - 5 yrs)
183,885 - 220,396
132,904 - 160,536
124,377 - 148,573
101,532 - 121,284
97,964 - 151,275

National Overview: In-House

City

Washington D.C.
Denver
Houston
St. Louis
Phoenix
Positions
Salary
In-House Paralegal
56,368 - 76,521
54,527 - 72,808
50,657 - 68,263
41,353 - 55,725
41,766 - 56,282
In-House Legal Secretary
57,096 - 75,122
53,372 - 65,559
45,612 - 59,923
37,234 - 48,917
37,606 - 49,406
Contracts Administrator
69,888 - 98,262
52,636 - 70,917
48,443 - 64,145
39,546 - 52,363
39,941 - 52,887
In-House Attorney
138,424 - 242,413
136,791 - 187,642
127,569 - 173,284
104,138 - 141,456
105,179 - 142,871

National Overview: Mid/Large

City

Washington D.C.
Denver
Houston
St. Louis
Phoenix
Positions
Salary
Paralegal (Entry-level ABA)
47,478 - 59,781
40,021 - 54,527
38,610 – 49,318
31,519 – 40,260
31,834 – 40,663
Paralegal (1 - 3 yrs)
50,046 - 69,526
41,120 – 58,205
40,185 – 53,437
32,804 - 43,622
33,132 – 44,058
Paralegal (3 - 5 yrs)
66,405 - 77,705
55,473 - 69,131
51,172 - 63,836
41,773 - 52,111
42,191 - 52,632
Paralegal (5 - 8 yrs)
77,705 - 103,105
60,411 - 81,318
58,482 - 78,148
47,740 - 63,794
48,218 - 64,432
Paralegal (8+ yrs)
89,544 - 127,105
77,851 - 97,918
71,867 - 91,841
58,667 - 74,973
59,254 - 75,722
Legal Secretary (1 - 3 yrs)
44,342 - 61,023
42,235 - 56,629
39,331 - 52,716
32,107 - 43,034
32,428 - 43,464
Legal Secretary (3 - 5 yrs)
57,257 - 78,782
52,741 - 67,135
48,701 - 62,395
39,756 - 50,934
40,153 - 51,444
Legal Secretary (5 - 8 yrs)
71,911 - 94,188
68,291 - 88,042
63,630 - 80,722
51,943 - 65,895
52,462 - 66,554
Legal Secretary (8+ yrs)
82,979 - 102,875
77,536 - 96,237
71,764 - 90,194
58,583 - 73,628
59,169 - 74,364
Administrator / Office Manager
107,502 - 216,234
84,155 - 159,485
77,942 - 141,057
63,626 - 115,149
64,262 - 116,300
Paralegal Manager
109,962 - 159,962
81,529 - 117,145
75,985 - 105,329
62,029 - 85,983
62,649 - 86,843
Secretarial Mgr. / Supervisor
90,313 - 122,559
70,602 - 103,697
65,792 - 100,490
53,708 - 82,033
54,245 - 82,853
Records Managers
71,786 - 105,903
59,045 - 92,875
55,393 - 88,856
45,219 - 72,535
45,671 - 73,261
Legal Biller
50,369 - 82,262
34,355 - 52,741
30,888 - 44,891
25,215 - 36,646
25,467 - 37,012
Attorney (1 - 3 yrs)
162,463 - 242,541
115,989 - 152,656
98,122 - 139,821
80,100 - 114,140
80,901 - 115,281
Attorney (3 - 5 yrs)
211,663 - 314,803
129,647 - 200,669
118,817 - 183,477
96,994 - 149,777
102,548 - 122,497