The average salary for an Entry-Level Legal Assistant in Chicago, Illinois is $35,374.
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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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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 $39,953 based on 120 salaries. A mid-career Legal Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $46,131 based on 35 salaries. An experienced Legal Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,662 based on 58 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $65,655.
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Employees with Legal Assistant in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 30.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (16.5% more) and New York, New York (15.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (2.7% less).
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