The average hourly pay for a Legal Assistant in Irvine, California is $17.35.
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$13 - $27
$100 - $3,000
$27,476 - $61,416
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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 Document Preparation and Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Drafting Correspondence, Client Interaction and Filing Court Documents.
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 $16.34 based on 52 salaries. A mid-career Legal Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $24.23 based on 6 salaries. An experienced Legal Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $26.26 based on 9 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $25.
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Employees with Legal Assistant in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 16.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Portland, Oregon (3.5% more) and New York, New York (0.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (9.6% less), Dallas, Texas (4.3% less) and Chicago, Illinois (3.1% less).
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