Legal Assistant Salary

Average Yearly Salary
$48,000
$34,000
Min 10%
$48,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
JPMorgan Chase
Highest Paying City
Washington, DC
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Average Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a legal assistant make?
Legal Assistants in the US make on average $48,578 annually or $23.36 hourly. While the top 10 percent make over $68,000 per year, the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000. Professional companies and Finance companies have the most job opportunities for Legal Assistants. The best states for high paying Legal Assistant jobs are Alaska, West Virginia, Louisiana, Ohio, and Hawaii. The typical tenure for a Legal Assistant is 3.6 years.

Average Legal Assistant Salary By Location

As a Legal Assistant in the U.S., you can expect to earn on average $48,578 per year or $23.36 per hour. The city with the highest Legal Assistant salary is Washington, DC at $60,899 per year. The average starting salary in Washington, DC for Legal Assistants is $37,000. The top 5 states with the highest reported Legal Assistant salaries are Alaska, West Virginia, Louisiana, Ohio, and Hawaii. On the other hand, North Dakota, Florida, Arizona, Arkansas, and Tennessee report the lowest wages for Legal Assistants.

Map of Legal Assistant Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Legal Assistants earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary:

Average Legal Assistant Salary By Company

If you are a Legal Assistant, you can expect good job security. However, keep in mind that some industries pay better than others. Professional companies and Finance companies have the most job opportunities for Legal Assistants. The two companies that report the highest salaries for Legal Assistants are JPMorgan Chase and SAS Institute. Companies like Apple and Novartis also report very competitive wages for Legal Assistants.

Average Legal Assistant Pay By Industry

Wages for Legal Assistants can differ based on the industry they work in. Our analysis shows that Professional companies, Health Care companies, and Manufacturing companies pay higher-than-average wages for Legal Assistants. Professional companies pay their Legal Assistants the highest wages, averaging $52,029 per year. Health Care companies and Manufacturing companies pay well too, at $46,559 and $45,955, respectively. The types of companies that pay Legal Assistants the least are in the Retail industry, where the average annual salary is $43,514.
Industry
Average Salary
Professional
Professional
$52,029
$52k
Health Care
Health Care
$46,559
$47k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$45,955
$46k
Government
Government
$45,671
$46k
Finance
Finance
$45,207
$45k
Retail
Retail
$43,514
$44k

Legal Assistant Salary History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Legal Assistant Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Legal Assistant can range from $41,496 to $51,349 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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