Paralegal Salary

A Paralegal earns an average salary of $44,084 per year. A skill in Legal Compliance is associated with high pay for this job.

$30,248 - $65,690

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$11.78 - $26.55

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,248 - $65,690  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,960  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $5,944  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,205  
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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$28,158 - $64,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 9,879
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $26.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.23  
Overtime
$17.35 - $46.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,960  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,205  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $5,944  
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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$28,158 - $64,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,741
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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

  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents.
  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, maintain document file and file pleadings with court clerk.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts and real estate closing statements.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts or preparing legal documents.

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What is it like working as a Paralegal?

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."

Paralegal in Jacksonville:
"Real World Experience."
Pros: I enjoyed applying the principles learned to real life applications. The work helped me to apply experience to the topics discussed in class to real applications for the result of a working knowledge on the issue.
Cons: The least positive aspect is the high stress and high volume of tasks to complete. The firm consistently is understaffed to maximize profits.

Paralegal in Wilkes-Barre:
"The stress of helping others."
Pros: My coworkers and getting to help our clients through difficult points in their lives.
Cons: The entitlement of many clients and the work ethic and business practices of my coworkers. .

Paralegal in Newark:
"Paralegal."
Pros: I love to learn new things. Contracts and Indemnifications are very interesting to me. Litigation and motions are starting to come with ease of the job. I learn new things everyday in the field that I am in.
Cons: I am in a job that does not know the true value and need of a paralegal. I would like to expand my horizons and find a company that will let me learn how to advance my career as a paralegal while preparing for my tranisition into being an attorney once law school is complete.

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Experience Affects Paralegal Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Paralegal Salaries






Document Preparation
0%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$42,000

Legal Research
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

Client Interaction
up arrow 3%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%


up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2848 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 32%
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