The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Legal Assistant with Document Preparation skills in Chicago, Illinois is $16.17.
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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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Skills in Filing Court Documents, Case Management and Office Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Drafting Correspondence 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 $15.48 based on 9 salaries. A mid-career Legal Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.98 based on 19 salaries. An experienced Legal Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $23.05 based on 32 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $29.
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Employees with Legal Assistant in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 28.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (17.5% more) and Los Angeles, California (5.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (7.9% less), Dallas, Texas (5.2% less) and Portland, Oregon (3.9% less).
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