Entry-Level Paralegal Salary

The average salary for an Entry-Level Paralegal is $39,631 per year.

$29,150 - $54,956
$29K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,631
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$11.60 - $22.89
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.74
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,150 - $54,956  
   
Bonus
$50.84 - $4,852  
Profit Sharing
$435.10 - $7,096  
Commission
$1,500  
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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$25,892 - $53,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,999
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $22.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.01 - $39.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$50.84 - $4,852  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$435.10 - $7,096  
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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$25,892 - $53,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,568

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National Average: $37,033

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Paralegal Advice

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

Paralegal in Denver:
"I wish I had know that they do not give raises."
Do not work here. It is a with cracked walls, no ventilation in bathrooms, soiled carpet, plaster hanging from the ceiling, dead mice and squirrel odors. Low wages. You get a $100 bill at Christmas and $35 Gift card for Thanksgiving.

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.

Key Stats for Paralegal

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 758 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Paralegal Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 758 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 38%