The average salary for a Late-Career Legal Assistant with Document Preparation skills in Chicago, Illinois is $63,547.
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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 Drafting Correspondence, Client Interaction and Filing Court Documents are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management and Office Administration.
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 $34,693 based on 8 salaries. An early career Legal Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $37,189 based on 67 salaries. A mid-career Legal Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $45,234 based on 18 salaries. An experienced Legal Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $52,933 based on 31 salaries.
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Employees with Legal Assistant in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 13.7% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Portland, Oregon (12.2% less), Denver, Colorado (5.5% less) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4.9% less).
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