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Legal Assistant Average Salary in Ireland 2020

How much money does a Legal Assistant make in Ireland?

Average Yearly Salary
21,100 EUR
( 1,760 EUR monthly)


A person working as a Legal Assistant in Ireland typically earns around 21,100 EUR per year. Salaries range from 10,600 EUR (lowest) to 32,700 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Legal Assistant salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Legal Assistant Salary Distribution in Ireland

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Legal Assistant salaries in Ireland range from 10,600 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 32,700 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 21,100 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Legal Assistant(s) are earning less than 21,100 EUR while the other half are earning more than 21,100 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Legal Assistant(s) are earning less than 14,300 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 14,300 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Legal Assistant(s) are earning less than 26,900 EUR while 25% are earning more than 26,900 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Legal Assistant Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Legal Assistant salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Legal Assistant with less than two years of experience makes approximately 12,700 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 16,800 EUR per year, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 22,400 EUR per year, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Legal Assistant(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 26,800 EUR per year, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 28,900 EUR per year, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 31,000 EUR per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Legal Assistant average salary change by experience in Ireland

0 - 2 Years
12,700 EUR
2 - 5 Years+32%
16,800 EUR
5 - 10 Years+34%
22,400 EUR
10 - 15 Years+19%
26,800 EUR
15 - 20 Years+8%
28,900 EUR
20+ Years+7%
31,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Legal Assistant Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Legal Assistant employees in Ireland earn 4% less than their female counterparts on average.

20,700 EUR
21,600 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ireland for all Careers

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Legal Assistant Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ireland

How much are annual salary increments in Ireland for Legal Assistant(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Legal Assistant(s) in Ireland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Ireland / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Ireland is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Ireland for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Legal Assistant Bonus and Incentive Rates in Ireland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Ireland Legal Assistant
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A Legal Assistant is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

46% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Legal Assistant Average Hourly Wage in Ireland

10 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ireland is 10 EUR. This means that the average Legal Assistant in Ireland earns approximately 10 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Legal Assistant VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Legal Assistant and Legal yearly Ireland
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The average salary for Legal Assistant is 54% less than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 21% more than those of All Jobs.

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In House Counsel55,500 EUR+160%
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Law Clerk17,500 EUR-17%
Lawyer76,300 EUR+260%
Legal Administrative Assistant21,300 EUR+1%
Legal Advisor49,200 EUR+130%
Legal Assistant21,100 EUR-0%
Legal Associate36,000 EUR+70%
Legal Consultant49,400 EUR+130%
Legal Counsel58,300 EUR+180%
Legal Editor37,700 EUR+78%
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Litigation Attorney98,500 EUR+370%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cork22,400 EUR
Dublin23,100 EUR
Galway20,500 EUR
Limerick22,100 EUR
Waterford18,100 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Ireland earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
37,600 EUR
Public Sector+5%
39,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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