An Entry-Level Paralegal / Legal Assistant earns an average wage of $15.30 per hour.

$28,094 - $51,849
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,755
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$11.18 - $21.45
(Median)
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,094 - $51,849  
   
Bonus
$10.14 - $4,917  
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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$24,884 - $49,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 203
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.18 - $21.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$18.54 - $38.73  
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
$10.14 - $4,917  
   
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).
)
$24,884 - $49,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,070

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Paralegal / Legal Assistant Advice

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

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.

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Skills That Affect Paralegal / Legal Assistant Salaries

Legal Research
up arrow 6%

Document Management
0%

Online Research
0%

National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 1%

Document Preparation
up arrow 4%

Client Interaction
up arrow 4%

Case Management
up arrow 4%

Typing
up arrow 4%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%

Organizing
up arrow 6%

Office Administration
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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