Average Legal Assistant Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Legal Assistant is $16.24.
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $25
$200 - $4,125
Profit Sharing
$505 - $6,189
$493 - $10,137
Total Pay
$26,483 - $60,525

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Job Satisfaction for Legal Assistant

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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.

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Popular Skills for Legal Assistant

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.
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).

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