Average Entry-Level Legal Assistant Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Entry-Level Legal Assistant is $14.08.
MEDIAN $14.08
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Hourly Rate
$10 - $19
$199 - $2,909
Profit Sharing
$309 - $10,471
$0 - $3,500
Total Pay
$22,361 - $42,978

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Job Description 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

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.
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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