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Legal assistant salary in United States

How much does a Legal Assistant make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $20.10
Low $13.87
High $29.11
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a legal assistant is $20.10 per hour in the United States. 17.4k salaries reported, updated at September 29, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Top companies for Legal Assistants in United States

  1. Law Offices of Arash Khorsandi
    19 reviews121 salaries reported
    $33.26per hour
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Highest paying cities for Legal Assistants near United States

  1. New York, NY
    $24.73 per hour
    419 salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $24.60 per hour
    590 salaries reported
  3. Washington, DC
    $24.43 per hour
    210 salaries reported
  1. Miami, FL
    $22.29 per hour
    276 salaries reported
  2. Las Vegas, NV
    $19.59 per hour
    167 salaries reported
  3. Fort Lauderdale, FL
    $19.51 per hour
    180 salaries reported
  1. Tampa, FL
    $19.15 per hour
    274 salaries reported
  2. Orlando, FL
    $19.04 per hour
    233 salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $18.81 per hour
    184 salaries reported
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Where can a Legal Assistant earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Legal Assistants

Top fields of study
Law Degree
Top skills
Top certifications
Paralegal Certificate

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Most common benefits for Legal Assistants

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Work from home
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 863 ratings

46% of Legal Assistants in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Paralegal Assistant

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Average $21.31 per hour

Personal Injury Paralegal

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Average $76,688 per year

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Common questions about salaries for a Legal Assistant

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