The average hourly pay for a Legal Assistant in San Diego, California is $16.36.
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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 Filing Court Documents and Drafting Correspondence are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management, Client Interaction and Document Preparation.
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 $13.75 based on 40 salaries. An early career Legal Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.00 based on 65 salaries. A mid-career Legal Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.50 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Legal Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $22.29 based on 20 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $22.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Legal Assistant in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 23.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (7.8% more) and Los Angeles, California (5.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (6.4% less) and Houston, Texas (4.6% less).
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