Press Release

Law Firm Administrator Pay Jumps 16% in 2013

ALM Legal Intelligence survey for the Association of Legal Administrators benchmarks steady compensation hikes in all law firm management positions

NEW YORK – August 5, 2013 – ALM Legal Intelligence, in collaboration with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), today released the results of ALA’s 2013 Compensation and Benefits Survey, which found that average total compensation for principal administrators at U.S. and Canadian law firms grew 16.4 percent from a year ago.

In addition to the principal administrator position, compensation in all but one law firm and legal department management position – such as office manager, finance director, human resources director and marketing director – increased in 2013, according to the survey.

ALA provides support to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies. The association partners with ALM Legal Intelligence for the production of its annual Compensation & Benefits Survey.

The survey found the following average compensation data in 2013 among key administrative personnel at law firms and legal departments:

Principal Administrator: up 16.4% from 2012
Administrative/Office Manager: up 16.2%
Office Services Manager/Facilities Manager: up 5.0%
Human Resources Director/Manager: up 2.0%
Marketing Director/Manager: up 8.0%
Director/Manager of Library Services: up 5.9%
Finance Director/Controller: up 6.2%
Director/Manager of Information Technology: up 5.9%
Litigation Support Manager: up 9.2%
Legal Assistant Manager/Supervisor: up 3.4%

The complete survey is available online now at

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