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Legal Assistant Average Salary in France 2020

How much money does a Legal Assistant make in France?

Average Yearly Salary
41,100 EUR
( 3,420 EUR monthly)


A person working as a Legal Assistant in France typically earns around 41,100 EUR per year. Salaries range from 21,800 EUR (lowest) to 62,400 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 France

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

  • Salary Range

    Legal Assistant salaries in France range from 21,800 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 62,400 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 38,600 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Legal Assistant(s) are earning less than 38,600 EUR while the other half are earning more than 38,600 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 27,200 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 27,200 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Legal Assistant(s) are earning less than 47,500 EUR while 25% are earning more than 47,500 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 25,000 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 30,700 EUR per year, 23% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 43,500 EUR per year, 42% 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 50,800 EUR per year, 17% 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 55,900 EUR per year, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 59,200 EUR per year, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Legal Assistant average salary change by experience in France

0 - 2 Years
25,000 EUR
2 - 5 Years+23%
30,700 EUR
5 - 10 Years+42%
43,500 EUR
10 - 15 Years+17%
50,800 EUR
15 - 20 Years+10%
55,900 EUR
20+ Years+6%
59,200 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 France earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

39,600 EUR
42,200 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in France for all Careers

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Legal Assistant Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in France

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

Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant(s) in France are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 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.

France / All Professions

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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 France is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in France 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 France

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate France 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.

47% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Legal Assistant employees in France earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
59,200 EUR
Public Sector+5%
62,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Legal Assistant Salary Trend and Forecast in France

How are Legal Assistant salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
37,100 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
38,500 EUR
Average Salary 2018+2%
39,100 EUR
Average Salary 2019+2%
40,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Legal Assistant salaries in France are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Legal Assistant Average Hourly Wage in France

20 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 20 EUR. This means that the average Legal Assistant in France earns approximately 20 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 France
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The average salary for Legal Assistant is 39% less than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 10% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge84,400 EUR+110%
Arbitrator66,500 EUR+62%
Associate Attorney69,100 EUR+68%
Attorney85,100 EUR+110%
Bailiff50,000 EUR+22%
Barrister45,300 EUR+10%
Candidate Attorney63,000 EUR+53%
Conciliator54,400 EUR+32%
Contracts Manager68,600 EUR+67%
Contracts Negotiator61,400 EUR+49%
Conveyancing Secretary35,800 EUR-13%
Corporate Counsel63,000 EUR+53%
Counsel61,500 EUR+50%
Court Clerk39,800 EUR-3%
Court Judicial Assistant51,300 EUR+25%
Court Liaison Specialist53,500 EUR+30%
Court Reporter59,700 EUR+45%
Court Representative54,800 EUR+33%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer96,900 EUR+140%
Immigration Executive91,000 EUR+120%
In House Counsel61,800 EUR+50%
Intellectual Property Specialist64,900 EUR+58%
Judge Advocate81,100 EUR+97%
Law Clerk39,200 EUR-5%
Lawyer84,900 EUR+110%
Legal Administrative Assistant44,600 EUR+9%
Legal Advisor68,500 EUR+67%
Legal Assistant41,100 EUR+0%
Legal Associate51,500 EUR+25%
Legal Consultant73,800 EUR+80%
Legal Counsel67,500 EUR+64%
Legal Editor54,500 EUR+33%
Legal Executive67,200 EUR+64%
Legal Executive Secretary43,300 EUR+5%
Legal IP Officer35,900 EUR-13%
Legal Officer43,400 EUR+6%
Legal Services Director96,800 EUR+140%
Legal Services Manager91,100 EUR+120%
Legal Support Worker35,400 EUR-14%
Legislative Liaison56,500 EUR+38%
Litigation Attorney90,400 EUR+120%
Litigation Paralegal85,900 EUR+110%
Magistrate Judge95,600 EUR+130%
Paralegal80,000 EUR+95%
Patent Attorney91,400 EUR+120%
Staff Attorney82,200 EUR+100%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bordeaux39,300 EUR
Lille39,500 EUR
Lyon42,300 EUR
Marseille43,700 EUR
Montpellier40,000 EUR
Nantes39,800 EUR
Nice41,200 EUR
Paris46,400 EUR
Strasbourg40,700 EUR
Toulouse44,400 EUR
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