The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Legal Assistant with Microsoft Office skills is $14.76.
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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
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Popular Skills for Legal Assistant
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Skills in Document Preparation, Client Interaction, Filing Court Documents, Drafting Correspondence and Office Administration are correlated to pay that is above average.
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 $13.56 based on 172 salaries. A mid-career Legal Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.08 based on 297 salaries. An experienced Legal Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.10 based on 326 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
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Employees with Legal Assistant in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 32.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (25.3% more) and Chicago, Illinois (13.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (8.8% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (1.9% less).
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