The average hourly pay for an Entry-Level Legal Assistant is $14.08.
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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
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 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Llp. Reported salaries are highest at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP where the average pay is $23.84. FosterQuan, LLP pays the lowest at around $17.43.
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Popular Skills for Legal Assistant
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in Document Preparation and Drafting Correspondence are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Office Administration, Filing Court Documents and Client Interaction.
Pay by Experience Level for Legal Assistant
An early career Legal Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.96 based on 5,710 salaries. A mid-career Legal Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.54 based on 2,535 salaries. An experienced Legal Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.27 based on 2,612 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $23.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Legal Assistant in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 49.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (27.8% more) and Seattle, Washington (23.4% more).
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