Entry-Level Paralegal / Legal Assistant Salary

An Entry-Level Paralegal / Legal Assistant earns an average wage of $15.47 per hour.

$27,779 - $54,688
$28K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $38,890
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50%
90%

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$11.41 - $22.64
$11
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,779 - $54,688  
   
Bonus
$0.86 - $4,910  
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$24,937 - $51,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.41 - $22.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$17.54 - $36.12  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.86 - $4,910  
   
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$24,937 - $51,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 247

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,866

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Paralegal / Legal Assistant Advice

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

Paralegal / Legal Assistant in New York:
"Benefits."
Try to get benefits in writing that mean a lot to you and your family's future, that will be there after many years, since you have given them your allegiance.

Paralegal / Legal Assistant in Newport News:
"Don't work for idiots."
If you work for a company that has a lot of turn around, the problem is not with the people being hired, the problem stems from the top. Get out and work somewhere else.

Paralegal / Legal Assistant in Los Angeles:
"Don't Settle for Less Than You Are Worth."
I've seen people with similar skill sets obtain higher pay because they insisted on it. Don't start low and don't settle for less.

Key Stats for Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
77%
5-9 years
11%
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Skills That Affect Paralegal / Legal Assistant Salaries

Legal Research
▲2%

National Average
$36,000


Typing
▼4%

Litigation Case Management
▼4%




Drafting Correspondence
▼6%

Microsoft Office
▼7%

Filing Court Documents
▼8%

Microsoft Word
▼8%

Organizing
▼8%

Microsoft Excel
▼8%

Spanish Language
▼8%

Office Administration
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 40%
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