The average salary for an Entry-Level Paralegal is $39,500 per year.

$29,137 - $54,678
$29K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,500
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$11.58 - $22.92
$12
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MEDIAN: $15.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,137 - $54,678  
   
Bonus
$96.56 - $4,820  
Profit Sharing
$883 - $7,071  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$25,878 - $53,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $22.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.15 - $39.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$96.56 - $4,820  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$883 - $7,071  
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).
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$25,878 - $53,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,690

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National Average: $37,022

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Paralegal Advice

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

Paralegal in Wayne:
"THe job comes with a significant amount of responsibility."
Do not be afraid to ask questions and research.

Paralegal in Denton:
"Go to the source."
Always do your best to learn and check your facts against the authority. Ask questions.

Paralegal in Los Angeles:
"A learning experience."
It gets easier with practice. Be professional, and willing to assist as needed.

Paralegal in Spartanburg:
"Dealing with social security documents and employees."
Document all information and contact with social security employees and clients.

Paralegal in Indianapolis:
"Paralegal - not a secretary."
Make sure you are doing the work of a Paralegal, not a secretary or an assistant. If you aren't given Paralegal work, find a new job. Ask for the work don't wait for it to be given to you.

Paralegal in New London:
"Organized and detail oriented."
Make sure you are organized and detail oriented and ask questions if you are not sure what is to be done. Don't just wing it. Very important to be accurate in what you say, do and file with the court.

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.

Key Stats for Paralegal

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 797 votes.
072
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
15%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 797 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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