Entry-Level Paralegal Salary (United States)

The average salary for an Entry-Level Paralegal is $37,911 per year.
Entry-Level Paralegal Total Pay (?
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$27,287 - $51,892
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MEDIAN: $37,910
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Entry-Level Paralegal Total Pay (?
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$10.23 - $21.70
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,287 - $51,892  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,089  
Profit Sharing
$495.89 - $4,858  
Commission
$600 - $8,000  
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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$24,691 - $51,783  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.23 - $21.70  
   
Overtime
$14.96 - $37.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,089  
   
Commission
$600 - $8,000  
Profit Sharing
$495.89 - $4,858  
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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$24,691 - $51,783  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,146
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Paralegal Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Paralegal in Washington:
"Range Of Salary; Asked For Less Than The Minimum."
Obtain and retain strong research and organizational skills.
Paralegal in Indianapolis:
"Highly Organized."
Determine priorities and manage time accordingly.
Paralegal in Atlanta:
"A Clearer Career Path."
Read legal publications that offer practical learning, network with paralegal professionals within a positive environment and obtain a paralegal mentor with real leadership skills and experience. Pursue continuing legal education course work and keep us with technology trends. Finally, learn best practices and share/apply them within your work environment.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Paralegal Salaries

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Legal Research
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National Average
$36,000
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Case Management
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Microsoft Office
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Gender
Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
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Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 34%
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