$42,376
Avg. Salary
$15.85
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,000

Bonus

$2,068

Profit Sharing

$2,023

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $15.85 per hour.

The average pay for a Legal Assistant is $42,376 per year.

$11.56
10%
$15.85
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$24.33
90%
MEDIAN $15.85
$29k
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$42k
50%
$63k
90%
MEDIAN $42,376
$29,302 - $63,404
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MEDIAN: $42,376
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$0$63K
Salary $29,302 - $63,404
Bonus $195 - $4,049
Profit Sharing $497 - $6,008
Commission $102 - $9,787
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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$25,613 - $59,349
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,624
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $11.56 - $24.33
Hourly Tips $1.88
Overtime $17.55 - $43.16
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $195 - $4,049
Commission $102 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $497 - $6,008
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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$25,613 - $59,349
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 7,416

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 this potential evidence, marking passages and pages for further study by case attorneys. The legal assistant may also be tasked with providing reports and summaries of the evidence for circulation among the legal team.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Legal Assistant


Small Law Firm, Manley, Deas, Kochalski LLC, Office of The Public Defenders, Shutts & Bowen, Llp, and Jackson Lewis Llp are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Legal Assistants. Legal Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks at Jackson Lewis Llp ($63K), Shutts & Bowen, Llp ($52K), and Codilis and Associates ($40K).

Other low-paying employers include Family Law Office at $27K and Small Law Firm at $30K, though some Legal Assistants there earn up to $40K.

Common Career Paths for Legal Assistant


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Legal Assistants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Attorney. The average Attorney brings home $81K per year. The most common next step for a Legal Assistant is to become a Paralegal or a Legal Secretary. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Legal Assistant


Legal Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Filing Court Documents, Drafting Correspondence, Document Management, and Document Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service, Client Interaction, and Filing. It is often found that people who know Document Preparation are also skilled in Client Interaction, Case Management, and Document Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Legal Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Legal Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 3,972 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Legal Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 1,481 salaries. An experienced Legal Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 1,543 salaries. A Legal Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 1,220 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,813

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Legal Assistants in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Legal Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Legal Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Legal Assistant?

Legal Assistant in Fresno:
"Professional office setting."
Pros: It is simple. Always learning something new daily!
Cons: My pay I feel severely under paid considering minimum wage in California and knowing eventually it will be $10.

Legal Assistant in San Francisco:
Go back to school and get your paralegal. As a legal assistant, you are doing much of what a paralegal does, but your pay negotiation is less. When you land a job, don't just accept the job salary, always ask for a little more. A lot of times they come under. I was too meek to ask, I was just grateful to be hired. Don't sell yourself short. Prove your work ethic. Work hard, be friendly, do what is asked, don't give attitude.

Legal Assistant in Dallas:
Pros: I like that I have job security since there are few employees and a LOT of work.
Cons: No structure, no sick pay, no time surveillance, no formal company policies.

Legal Assistant in Arlington:
"Flexibility, Stressful At Times, Meaningful Work, Deadlines"
Pros: Helping those who cannot represent themselves through guardian services, conservatorships, and executing estate planning and Trust documents;
Cons: Negative aspects of management, office politics, sharp deadlines.

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.

Legal Assistant in Cambria Heights:
"Timeline."
Five year maximum learning leader, advance shortly thereafter, highly organization, review and double check work for continuity, Don't settle.

Legal Assistant in Stillwater:
Pros: We are tight knit like a family at the firm and the work varies daily. Sometimes, work includes writing letters and typing dictation, running to the courthouse and scheduling appointments. Other times, it's much more fast-paced, a little stressful and frustrating, generating documents from thin air and assisting new and old clients as they call, walk in the door, etc. The variation of my job is what keeps every day interesting. The people here make it worthwhile.
Cons: Sometimes overwhelming, sometimes thankless. Usually, my least favorite parts of the job correlate to the complexity of the work I am doing. Sometimes, that means I'm doing a mundane task. Sometimes, that means my head is spinning and I don't know where to go with what I'm doing.

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Key Stats for Legal Assistant

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2553 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
17%

Experience Affects Legal Assistant Salaries

▲35%

▲20%

▲5%

National Average
$38,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Legal Assistant Salaries

National Average
$38,000




Document Preparation
▼2%

Case Management
▼2%


▼4%


▼5%

▼6%




▼8%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2553 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 39%