Paralegal Salary

A Paralegal earns an average salary of $45,973 per year. A skill in Legal Compliance is associated with high pay for this job.

$31,536 - $68,061
$32K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,216
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$12.41 - $27.44
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MEDIAN: $17.83
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$0$68K
Salary $31,536 - $68,061
Bonus $203.37 - $5,061
Profit Sharing $770 - $6,075
Commission $0.00 - $13,574
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,445 - $67,036
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,986
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $12.41 - $27.44
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $20.01 - $48.63
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $203.37 - $5,061
Commission $0.00 - $13,574
Profit Sharing $770 - $6,075
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,445 - $67,036
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,368

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Job Description for Paralegal

Paralegals perform legal-, regulatory- and business-related research for lawyers working at their organization. Most of the time, paralegals work for law offices, corporations’ legal departments or courts. These professionals also provide legal support services to attorneys. They assist lawyers in filing materials such as motions, memoranda, pleadings and briefs in various court systems, as well as accompany lawyers to see clients and/or to go to court.

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Paralegal Tasks

  • Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts or preparing legal documents.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents.

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Pay by Experience Level for Paralegal

Pay by Experience for a Paralegal has a positive trend. An entry-level Paralegal with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 5,566 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Paralegal with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 2,831 salaries. An experienced Paralegal which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 2,898 salaries. A Paralegal with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 1,516 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,544

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Paralegal Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Paralegal?

Paralegal in Brownsville:
"It's a great job, never the same thing twice."
Pros: Fast paced environment. Hardly any down time.
Cons: Can be a bit overwhelming if not used to this kind of work. It takes about 3-4 months once you start to become fully productive.

Paralegal in Cedartown:
Pros: I love the opportunity to help people. I like being able with a hands on firm that actually knows their clients as opposed to them being treated like a number.
Cons: The stress is not for the faint of heart. There are days I go home so mentally exhausted that I feel like a vegetable. For every 5-10 really good clients comes the few terrible, difficult and needy ones that make your job feel futile. You can't let those get you down though. It just comes with the territory.

Paralegal in Kansas City:
"Insanely stressful and rewarding."
Pros: I get to work with intelligent people, in an environment that is driven by client relationships, and I get to help people.
Cons: Dealing with clients who have no knowledge of the process and are very rude, unattainable deadlines and pressure to reach them, attorneys who treat paralegals poorly and are condescending, work load is way to high.

Paralegal in Austin:
"Pretty Much A Dream Job."
Pros: I like that I get to use my brain, instead of brawn (which is waning). There is purpose to everything I do, and I feel I am well suited for that purpose. I especially grateful that my job has a great deal of flexibility, since I have an chronic health condition and must work around treatments.
Cons: I'm doing a few activities that were not a part of my job description. I am having to create some projects from the ground up, but sometimes feel rushed to provide results. I am spending more time supervising other employees than I expected.

Paralegal in Tucson:
"Flexible work schedule, complex tasks and responsibilities."
Pros: The freedom to work independently. I can always ask for guidance or clarification if I need it. Everyday is a learning process. My attorney provides the opportunity to grow in my career field.
Cons: I am the only assistant, no legal secretary or other paralegals. Only one attorney in the office. Not the most interesting area of law to work in.

Paralegal in Kansas City:
"Works well under pressure and knows litigation inside/out."
Pros: The responsibility I am entrusted with.
Cons: The lack of decent pay is frustrating.

Paralegal in San Francisco:
"Let's see how I am doing."
Pros: The learning process and the location.
Cons: The team, the mess, that I am ready for more.

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Key Stats for Paralegal

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1961 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Paralegal Salaries

▲27%

▲17%

▲7%

National Average
$44,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Paralegal Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1961 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 34%
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