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Legal Assistant Average Salary in Johannesburg 2024

How much money does a person working as Legal Assistant make in Johannesburg?


Average Monthly Salary
16,600 ZAR
( 199,000 ZAR yearly)

LOW
7,790
ZAR
AVERAGE
16,600
ZAR
HIGH
26,200
ZAR
All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working as Legal Assistant in Johannesburg typically earns around 16,600 ZAR. Salaries range from 7,790 ZAR (lowest) to 26,200 ZAR (highest).


Salary Variance

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



Legal Assistant Pay Scale and Salaries in Johannesburg

Median and salary distribution Johannesburg Legal Assistant monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
15,600 ZAR or more
10% of people earn
13,700 to 15,600 ZAR
20% of people earn
9,540 ZAR or less
65% of people earn
9,540 to 13,700 ZAR
Minimum Salary
7,790 ZAR
Median
15,700 ZAR
Maximum
26,200 ZAR




Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries for the position Legal Assistant in Johannesburg range from 7,790 ZAR (starting salary) to 26,200 ZAR (maximum salary). It should be noted that the given figure is not the legally mandated minimum wage; rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that included thousands of participants and professionals from all regions of the country.

  • Median Salary

    With a median salary of 15,700 ZAR, half of the professionals who work as Legal Assistant in Johannesburg earn less than this amount, and the other half earn more. The median salary denotes the middle value of salaries. Ideally, you would want to belong to the group earning more than the median salary, located on the right side of the salary distribution graph.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    The median is closely associated with two other values known as the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution chart, it can be determined that 25% of professionals employed as Legal Assistant in Johannesburg earn less than 12,700 ZAR, while 75% earn more. Similarly, the chart shows that 75% earn less than 18,100 ZAR while 25% earn more.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    To provide a better understanding of expected salaries, we categorized the frequently occurring salaries into different ranges. This approach provides a more precise representation of salary distribution for the job title Legal Assistant in Johannesburg compared to simply calculating the average. The majority of reported salaries, approximately 65%, fall within the range of 9,540 ZAR to 13,700 ZAR. About 20% of salaries are below the 9,540 ZAR mark, while 10% fall within the range of 13,700 ZAR to 15,600 ZAR. Only 5% of individuals have salaries exceeding 15,600 ZAR.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience / Legal Assistant / Johannesburg

How do experience and age affect pay?

0 - 2 Years
8,980 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+38%
12,400 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+42%
17,600 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+22%
21,500 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+6%
22,700 ZAR
20+ Years+9%
24,700 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Johannesburg Legal Assistant
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally, the more years of experience the higher the wage. We broke down salaries by experience level for people working as Legal Assistant and this is what we found.


All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.

Employees with less than two years of experience earn approximately 8,980 ZAR.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 12,400 ZAR, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 17,600 ZAR, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, professionals whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 21,500 ZAR, 22% 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 22,700 ZAR, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 24,700 ZAR, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty 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.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Legal Assistant / Johannesburg

Salary comparison by gender South Africa Legal Assistant monthly
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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? For the people who work as Legal Assistant in South Africa, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 7%.

Male
15,900 ZAR
Female+8%
17,200 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in South Africa for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Legal Assistant / Johannesburg

How much are annual salary increments in Johannesburg for individuals working as Legal Assistant? How often do employees get salary raises?

Individuals working as Legal Assistant in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately % every months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa Legal Assistant
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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.

South Africa / 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 rare 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 South Africa is 5%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.



Bonus and Incentive Rates / Legal Assistant / South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Legal Assistant
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100% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while % said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

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

Received Bonus
%
No Bonus
100%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.



Average Hourly Wage / Legal Assistant / Johannesburg


96 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for individuals working as Legal Assistant in Johannesburg is 96 ZAR.This is the rate they get paid for every worked hour.


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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for people working as Legal Assistant in Johannesburg is 45 ZAR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

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Legal Support Worker12,300 ZAR-26%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cape Town19,400 ZAR
Johannesburg16,600 ZAR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in South Africa is 7% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
30,400 ZAR
Public Sector+7%
32,400 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for the job title Legal Assistant in Johannesburg?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 15,700 ZAR and 18,100 ZAR. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for a careers like Legal Assistant in Johannesburg ranges from 7,790 ZAR to 12,700 ZAR. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.


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

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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


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