The average salary for an Experienced Legal Assistant with Office Administration skills in Chicago, Illinois is $54,650.
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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
Filing Court Documents
Skills in Filing Court Documents, Drafting Correspondence, Client Interaction and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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 $33,433 based on 6 salaries. An early career Legal Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 21 salaries. A mid-career Legal Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $45,138 based on 8 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $63,143.
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Employees with Legal Assistant in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 30.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (28.1% more) and Seattle, Washington (23.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (27.7% less), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5.3% less) and Miami, Florida (0.5% less).
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