The average salary for an Entry-Level Paralegal is $39,335 per year.

$29,026 - $54,332
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$54K
MEDIAN: $39,335
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$11.55 - $22.63
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,026 - $54,332  
   
Bonus
$97.68 - $4,648  
Profit Sharing
$878 - $9,863  
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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$25,781 - $52,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.55 - $22.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.11 - $39.40  
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
$97.68 - $4,648  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$878 - $9,863  
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).
)
$25,781 - $52,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,692
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National Average: $36,767

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Paralegal Advice

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

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.

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Skills That Affect Paralegal Salaries



Document Management
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Case Management
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Legal Research
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Knowledge Discovery
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National Average
$37,000

Document Preparation
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Drafting Correspondence
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Medical Records
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 814 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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