A Paralegal earns an average salary of $45,909 per year. A skill in Legal Compliance is associated with high pay for this job.

$31,250 - $67,779
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$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,908
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$12.17 - $27.22
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,250 - $67,779  
   
Bonus
$199.86 - $5,081  
Profit Sharing
$904 - $6,411  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,255  
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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$29,219 - $66,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7,113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $27.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.43 - $47.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$199.86 - $5,081  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,255  
Profit Sharing
$904 - $6,411  
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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$29,219 - $66,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,373

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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 Difference by Location

National Average: $43,226

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Paralegal Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Paralegal?

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 San Francisco:
"I love my job."
Pros: I work for two wonderful people. We mostly deal with divorce which can be one of the worst times in a person life and my personal goal is to try to make it less so. Both of my bosses try to find a way for couples to work together rather than have to go to court and we all try to find ways to reduce costs and help... I just don't know a lot of law firms who have that mind set, mind you I am new to the field and only know so much.
Cons: That is complicated and has more to do with an individual than the work I do. Sometimes deadlines come up fast and last minute work has to be done but once it is a done it's a huge relief.

Paralegal in Birmingham:
"Perks."
Pros: The small atmosphere and the people that I work with. I enjoy being as busy as well. I don't feel as though I am pressured or stressed by my boss.
Cons: The lack of structural organization. A lack of incentive.

Paralegal in Fresno:
"Life at the Office."
Pros: The attorney and his wife are easy going people. I enjoy a position of trust. They depend on me.
Cons: Things are often put off until the last minute. Then, everything is "urgent."

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Key Stats for Paralegal

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1703 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
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




National Average
$43,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1703 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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