Legal Assistant Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Legal Assistant is $39,843 per year. A skill in Litigation Case Management is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Legal Assistant Total Pay (?
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$27,330 - $58,656
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MEDIAN: $39,842
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Legal Assistant Total Pay (?
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$10.18 - $23.08
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,330 - $58,656  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
Profit Sharing
$512 - $6,859  
Commission
$590 - $9,156  
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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$23,978 - $56,342  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 8,630
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $23.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.44  
Overtime
$12.44 - $39.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
   
Commission
$590 - $9,156  
Profit Sharing
$512 - $6,859  
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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$23,978 - $56,342  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 8,630
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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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Legal Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Legal Assistant?
Legal Assistant in Washington:
"Not Exactly What I Had In Mind."
Pros: Our vacation and sick leave are bunched together so you can accrue and use your paid leave as you wish.
Cons: Most of the time, my work is mundane, tedious, and underwhelming. For the most part, I am uninspired and not stimulated intellectually.

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Experience Affects Legal Assistant Salaries

National Average
$36,000

Skills That Affect Legal Assistant Salaries

Document Preparation
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Filing Court Documents
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Case Management
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Drafting Correspondence
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Organizing
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Scheduling
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Legal Research
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National Average
$36,000
Typing
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Client Interaction
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Office Administration
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 2018 votes.

Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 36%
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