Entry-Level Paralegal Salary

The average salary for an Entry-Level Paralegal is $38,472 per year.

$27,851 - $52,659
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,472
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$10.64 - $22.22
(Median)
$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,851 - $52,659  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,533  
Profit Sharing
$504 - $5,071  
Commission
$1,750 - $10,000  
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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$25,026 - $52,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,464
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.64 - $22.22  
   
Overtime
$15.35 - $37.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,533  
   
Commission
$1,750 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$504 - $5,071  
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).
)
$25,026 - $52,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,410
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Pay Difference by Location

Paralegal Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Paralegal in White Plains:
"I wish I knew that there would be no chance for advancement."
Access the office dynamics and continue to educate yourself about other job opportunities that may work for you.

Paralegal in Boone:
"Research the attorneys you will be working for ahead if time."
Stay calm. You will not know everything and every attorney has good and bad work habits.

Paralegal in Texarkana:
"You can't over achieve the details."
You cannot over achieve on the details. Find out as much about your case as you can. Be the best investigator you can be. It will make you a better paralegal and your lawyer a better lawyer.

Paralegal in St. Louis:
"In the Legal Field to see if I wanted to attend Law School."
I think the job requires thick skin. Attorneys are typically not happy people. HIGH PRESSURE. Yelling and cussing is common place in all the 5 law firms I have worked for. I think the job is good, but at some firms they do not give you any raises even after a year or 3 years so it depends on how cheap your boss is.

Paralegal in Albany:
"Get things in writing."
You must be very organized and a self motivator. Everything that is offered to you with regard to promotions and or raises, GET IT IN WRITING! !!

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Paralegal Salaries



Knowledge Discovery
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Legal Research
0%

Document Management
0%

National Average
$36,000

Document Preparation
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Case Management
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Medical Records
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Drafting Correspondence
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Spanish Language
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Client Interaction
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1387 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 36%
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