A Legal Assistant earns an average salary of $39,253 per year. A skill in Document Management is associated with high pay for this job.
Legal Assistant Total Pay (?
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$26,715 - $57,832
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MEDIAN: $39,252
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Legal Assistant Total Pay (?
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$10.13 - $22.57
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,715 - $57,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,913  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $5,359  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,525 - $55,306  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 8,779
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $22.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.44  
Overtime
$13.12 - $38.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,913  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,500  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $5,359  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,525 - $55,306  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 8,779
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Job Description for Legal Assistant
A legal assistant works with attorneys to help them with their casework. Attention to detail is necessary. The assistant will research legal precedents and investigate facts of cases to determine appropriate causes of action and help prepare cases for settlement or litigation. A strong command of the English language and legal terminology are required, as the legal assistant will prepare legal documents such as affidavits, briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, real estate closing documents, and client communication. The assistant will also maintain document files and file pleadings with the clerk of court, so an applicant must have a working knowledge of the court system. The job includes gathering research data to analyze for attorney use, such as statutes, previous court decisions, legal articles, legal codes, and other necessary documents. A legal assistant will also call on witnesses to testify at court hearings and arbitration or moderation sessions. The position also requires that the employee direct and coordinate activity for the law office, including the delivery of subpoenas and the review of incoming documents. The assistant is expected to maintain a professional demeanor in dealing with clients of the law firm and court personnel as well as coworkers, and is expected to be able to meet strict deadlines. A legal assistant must be able to work under pressure and produce reliable results, as their work is the foundation of the attorneys’ cases. While the position has standard office hours Monday through Friday, it is expected that there will be additional work as necessary to meet deadlines.
Legal Assistant Tasks
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents.
  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, maintain document file and file pleadings with court clerk.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts and real estate closing statements.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts or preparing legal documents.
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$35,000

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$35,000
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Gender
Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
17%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 36%
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