The average hourly pay for a Legal Assistant is $16.24.
Is Legal Assistant your job title? Find out what you should be paid
Use our tool to get a personalized report on your market worth.What's this?
$12 - $25
$200 - $4,125
$505 - $6,189
$493 - $10,137
$26,483 - $60,525
Your Market Worth Over Time
How has your pay changed over time for your market? Find out by taking our salary quiz.
Job Description for Legal Assistant
A legal assistant, also called a paralegal, works either with individual lawyers at a firm or with legal teams. He or she helps lawyers with their caseloads by performing research, searching through documents and evidence, facilitating interviews, preparing memos and providing any other assistance before and during trial proceedings. One of the key roles of a legal assistant is to help lawyers with preparing and prioritizing evidence. A legal assistant is typically tasked with looking through th…Read more
Job Satisfaction for Legal Assistant
Popular Employer Salaries for Legal Assistant
The top respondents for the job title Legal Assistant are from the companies Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, FosterQuan, LLP and Morgan & Morgan. Reported salaries are highest at Amazon.com Inc where the average pay is $25.47. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP and Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C., earning around $24.80 and $22.30, respectively. Family Law Office pays the lowest at around $13.47. Manley, Deas, Kochalski LLC and Morgan & Morgan also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $15.40 and $16.99, respectively.
Legal Assistant Job Listings
Search for more jobs
Popular Skills for Legal Assistant
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in Document Preparation, Filing Court Documents and Drafting Correspondence are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Office Administration and Client Interaction.
Pay by Experience Level for Legal Assistant
An entry-level Legal Assistant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.53 based on 1,131 salaries. An early career Legal Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.21 based on 5,673 salaries. A mid-career Legal Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.68 based on 1,995 salaries. An experienced Legal Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.61 based on 2,165 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $23.
Pay Difference by Location
Learn more about cost of living by city.
Employees with Legal Assistant in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 25.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Portland, Oregon (9.1% more) and New York, New York (8.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (3.4% less).
Years of Experience
This data is based on 13,230 survey responses.
Related Job Salaries
$12 - $22
$12 - $25
$14 - $31
$13 - $28
$12 - $30
$10 - $17
$13 - $26
$12 - $19