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Legal Assistant Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$48,000
$34,000
$48,000
$68,000
Did you know that the average legal assistant makes $48,578 per year? That's valued at $23.36 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $34,000 and $68,000, meaning legal assistants have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most legal assistants find a job with professional and finance companies, while others work for professional, finance, and health care companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Alaska, West Virginia and Louisiana are the top states in the U.S. to pay legal assistants the highest salaries.
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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 Location

While a legal assistant can average a salary of $48,578 per year, or $23.36 per hour, there are many opportunities for legal assistants to make more. For example, in Washington, DC you might make $60,899 per year. Other high-paying locations include San Francisco, CA, New Orleans, LA and Seattle, WA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Washington, DC where the average starting salary is $37,000. The highest paying states for legal assistants include Alaska, West Virginia and Louisiana. Meanwhile, North Dakota, Florida, and Arizona offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Portland, ME
Portland, ME
$51,995
$52k

High Paying Legal Assistant Jobs

Average Legal Assistant Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a legal assistant, being employed by a company such as JPMorgan Chase or SAS Institute would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Apple and Novartis also report highly competitive salaries for legal assistants.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Legal Assistant Salary History

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    Average Legal Assistant Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, legal assistant salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that professional, finance, and health care companies tend to offer much higher salaries for legal assistants. For example, legal assistants make a whopping average salary of $52,416 while working for professional companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $48,898 at finance companies and $46,731 at health care companies. But legal assistants may want to avoid working in the government industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $42,312.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Professional
    Professional
    $52,416
    $52k
    Finance
    Finance
    $48,898
    $49k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $46,731
    $47k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $45,382
    $45k
    Retail
    Retail
    $43,570
    $44k
    Government
    Government
    $42,312
    $42k

    Legal Assistant Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a legal assistant can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation 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.

    Recently Added Legal Assistant Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Hirelevel
    Hirelevel
    Legal Assistant
    Legal Assistant
    Legal Assistant
    Herrin, IL
    Herrin, IL
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $27,131
    $27,131
    10/30/2020
    Colorado State
    Colorado State
    Legal Assistant
    Legal Assistant
    Legal Assistant
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Colorado Springs, CO
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $44,652
    $44,652
    10/29/2020
    Robert Half
    Robert Half
    Legal Assistant
    Legal Assistant
    Legal Assistant
    San Antonio, TX
    San Antonio, TX
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $30,000
    $30,000
    10/29/2020
    Paralegal-Legal Services
    Paralegal-Legal Services
    Fort Worth, TX
    Fort Worth, TX
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $64,858
    $64,858
    10/29/2020
    Robert Half
    Robert Half
    Legal Assistant
    Legal Assistant
    Legal Assistant
    Tampa, FL
    Tampa, FL
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $37,566
    $37,566
    10/28/2020
    City of Detroit
    City of Detroit
    Legal Assistant (Paralegal)-Law Department
    Legal Assistant (Paralegal)-Law Department
    Legal Assistant (Paralegal)-Law Department
    Detroit, MI
    Detroit, MI
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $45,612
    $45,612
    10/27/2020
    Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and The Office of The U.S. Attorneys
    Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and The Office of The U.S. Attorneys
    Legal Assistant (Office Automation)
    Legal Assistant (Office Automation)
    Legal Assistant (Office Automation)
    Buffalo, NY
    Buffalo, NY
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $44,836
    $44,836
    10/27/2020
    Robert Half
    Robert Half
    Legal Assistant
    Legal Assistant
    Legal Assistant
    Cleveland, OH
    Cleveland, OH
    10/24/2020
    10/24/2020
    $25,000
    $25,000
    10/24/2020
    Job Opening-Legal Assistant
    Job Opening-Legal Assistant
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    10/22/2020
    10/22/2020
    $25,044
    $25,044
    10/22/2020
    Washington State
    Washington State
    Legal Assistant 3-Social & Health Services Division
    Legal Assistant 3-Social & Health Services Division
    Legal Assistant 3-Social & Health Services Division
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    10/22/2020
    10/22/2020
    $41,352
    $41,352
    10/22/2020