Entry-Level Paralegal Salary

The average salary for an Entry-Level Paralegal is $38,484 per year.

$27,805 - $52,761
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,484
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$10.65 - $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
$27,805 - $52,761  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,547  
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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$25,025 - $52,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,465
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.65 - $22.22  
   
Overtime
$15.40 - $37.75  
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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,547  
   
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).
)
$25,025 - $52,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,415
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Paralegal Advice

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

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.

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.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Paralegal Salaries



Knowledge Discovery
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Legal Research
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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 1369 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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