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Average Entry-Level Legal Assistant Hourly Pay

$14.72
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$656
Bonus
$3,500
Commission
$1,179
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The average hourly pay for an Entry-Level Legal Assistant is $14.72.
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$10.84
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$14.72
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$19.59
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Hourly Rate
$11 - $20
Bonus
$97 - $3,129
Profit Sharing
$417 - $4,122
Commission
$0 - $3,500
Total Pay
$23,798 - $44,383
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What Do Legal Assistants Do?

The top respondents for the job title Legal Assistant are from the companies Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, FosterQuan, LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Llp. Reported salaries are highest at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP where the average pay is $24.75. FosterQuan, LLP pays the lowest at around $17.43.

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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
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What Are Popular Skills for Legal Assistants?

Skills in Document Preparation and Drafting Correspondence are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Filing Court Documents and Office Administration.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Legal Assistants?

An early career Legal Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.40 based on 5,244 salaries. A mid-career Legal Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.86 based on 1,790 salaries. An experienced Legal Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.63 based on 1,941 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 Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 29.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (19.8% more) and New York, New York (15.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (1.0% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 11,098 survey responses.
Early Career
47.3%
Mid Career
16.1%
Experienced
17.5%
Late Career
19.1%