Entry-Level Paralegal Salary (United States)

The average salary for an Entry-Level Paralegal is $38,012 per year.
Entry-Level Paralegal Total Pay (?
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$27,280 - $51,911
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Entry-Level Paralegal Total Pay (?
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$10.29 - $21.80
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,280 - $51,911  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,098  
Profit Sharing
$496.16 - $4,584  
Commission
$590 - $8,139  
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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$24,726 - $51,741  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,066
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.29 - $21.80  
   
Overtime
$14.96 - $37.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,098  
   
Commission
$590 - $8,139  
Profit Sharing
$496.16 - $4,584  
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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$24,726 - $51,741  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,066
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Paralegal Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Paralegal in Bellingham:
"Path To Tribal Law."
Working for an Indian Tribe as a paralegal is a very rewarding experience. I do mostly long term civil litigation cases, but do handle other smaller issues such as real estate transactions, water law cases and HR issues. I came into this position having a broad background in family, corporate, governmental, bankruptcy and estate planning. When working for a Tribe, you find yourself relearning alot of what you know. Tribes are sovereign governments, not controlled by state law. A good foundation in federal law is helpful, but you must learn the Tribe Codes and traditions as well. Becoming a Tribal Spokesperson usually requires studying for and taking a Tribal Bar Exam (depending on the Tribe). I am a member of both the Nooksack and Lummi Tribal Bars. As a Spokesperson, I am able to represent the Tribe or Tribal Members in Tribal Court. My practice in Tribal Court has spanned Domestic Violence and Family Law to representing Tribal Departments such as Housing in Tribal Court.
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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Gender

Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 34%
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