Entry-Level Paralegal Salary (United States)

The average salary for an Entry-Level Paralegal is $38,084 per year.
Entry-Level Paralegal Salary (?
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$27,311 - $51,892
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MEDIAN: $38,084
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Entry-Level Paralegal Salary (?
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$10.28 - $21.71
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,311 - $51,892  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,120  
Profit Sharing
$494.18 - $4,637  
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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$24,746 - $51,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,080
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $21.71  
   
Overtime
$15.06 - $37.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,120  
   
Commission
$590 - $8,139  
Profit Sharing
$494.18 - $4,637  
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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$24,746 - $51,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,972
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Paralegal Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Paralegal in Tulsa:
"Dealing With Attorneys."
Every attorney has their own way they like doing things. Part of your job is to deliver what the attorney wants while realizing there may be other ways to do it. You should speak up when you see legal or strategic advantages in doing things differently.
Paralegal in Cincinnati:
"Be Adaptable."
Seek out responsibility and new learning opportunities. Be aware of personality differences in your attorneys and learn how each wants things done. Be kind always, but firm. It is important that clients like you but equally important you don't allow them to monopolize your time.
Paralegal in Tampa:
"Pick A Field/Degree With A Specialty."
That's where the money is at and it is not as competitive. For instance, dental hygiene or engineering.
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.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Paralegal Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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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%