Entry-Level Paralegal Salary

The average salary for an Entry-Level Paralegal is $38,267 per year.

$27,585 - $52,361
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,267
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$10.57 - $22.09
(Median)
$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,585 - $52,361  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,403  
Profit Sharing
$498.57 - $4,982  
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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$25,008 - $51,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.57 - $22.09  
   
Overtime
$15.36 - $37.62  
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 - $3,403  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.57 - $4,982  
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).
)
$25,008 - $51,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,226

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Paralegal Advice

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

Paralegal in Albany:
"Get things in writing."
You must be very organized and a self motivator. Everything that is offered to you with regard to promotions and or raises, GET IT IN WRITING! !!

Paralegal in Chicago:
"Keep good track of your hours."
In an insurance defense firm you need to track your time, you must keep a good log at all times.

Paralegal in Arlington:
Hit the ground running, but don't rush through document preparation. If you don't know the answer, ask. Understand that little mistakes can become catastrophic; which is why you must always review your work before presenting it to your boss. It is your job to make your Attorney look good. Never, ever, ever chance making your Attorney look bad in court because of a mistake you made. Always calendar EVERYTHING! Don't miss a setting notice and keep up with which cases are flagged for trial. Lastly, don't get sideways with a client; that's your Attorneys job, if need be.

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.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Paralegal Salaries



Knowledge Discovery
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Document Management
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Legal Research
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Case Management
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Medical Records
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National Average
$36,000

Document Preparation
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Drafting Correspondence
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Office Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1446 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 35%