Paralegal / Legal Assistant Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Paralegal / Legal Assistant is $39,302 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Litigation Case Management, Legal Compliance, Organizing, and Microsoft Word.
Paralegal / Legal Assistant Total Pay (?
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$27,289 - $58,875
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MEDIAN: $39,302
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Paralegal / Legal Assistant Total Pay (?
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$10.17 - $23.26
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,289 - $58,875  
   
Bonus
$98.36 - $4,004  
Profit Sharing
$824 - $5,606  
Commission
$0.00 - $13,574  
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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$24,418 - $57,126  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.17 - $23.26  
   
Overtime
$14.99 - $38.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$98.36 - $4,004  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $13,574  
Profit Sharing
$824 - $5,606  
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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$24,418 - $57,126  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,300
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Job Description for Paralegal / Legal Assistant
A paralegal (also known as a legal assistant) works in a law office for one or more attorneys to assist them in the execution of their practice. Many times a paralegal will be called upon to type written notes or transcribe recordings of meetings or telephone calls. A paralegal must also be organized and comfortable with research and document drafting; they also must have outstanding written and verbal communications skills.
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Paralegal / Legal Assistant Tasks
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents.
  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, maintain document file and file pleadings with court clerk.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts and real estate closing statements.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts or preparing legal documents.
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Pay Difference By Location
San Francisco
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Washington
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Los Angeles
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Denver
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Miami
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Philadelphia
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San Diego
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Phoenix
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Dallas
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Houston
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Chicago
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National Average
$36,000
Atlanta
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Tampa
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Experience Affects Paralegal / Legal Assistant Salaries

National Average
$36,000

Skills That Affect Paralegal / Legal Assistant Salaries

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Drafting Correspondence
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Microsoft Office
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Legal Research
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Filing Court Documents
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National Average
$36,000
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Gender
Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 40%
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