Average Entry-Level Legal Assistant Salary in Washington, District of Columbia

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Legal Assistant in Washington, District of Columbia is $40,894.
MEDIAN $40,894
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Legal Secretary
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Popular Skills for Legal Assistant

Skills in Legal Research, Office Administration and Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Filing Court Documents and Document Preparation.

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 $43,802 based on 94 salaries. A mid-career Legal Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,454 based on 25 salaries. An experienced Legal Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,647 based on 23 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $77,330.
Employees with Legal Assistant in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 10.1% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (18.9% less), Houston, Texas (15.9% less) and Chicago, Illinois (13.5% less).

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