Paralegal / Legal Assistant Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Paralegal / Legal Assistant is $39,387 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Litigation Case Management, Office Administration, Microsoft Word, Legal Compliance, and Organizing.
Paralegal / Legal Assistant Total Pay (?
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$27,278 - $59,378
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $39,387
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Paralegal / Legal Assistant Total Pay (?
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$10.18 - $23.33
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,278 - $59,378  
   
Bonus
$51.42 - $4,002  
Profit Sharing
$897 - $5,772  
Commission
$0.00 - $13,702  
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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$24,408 - $57,520  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,791
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $23.33  
   
Overtime
$14.88 - $39.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$51.42 - $4,002  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $13,702  
Profit Sharing
$897 - $5,772  
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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$24,408 - $57,520  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,791
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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 by Experience Level for Paralegal / Legal Assistant

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Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Miami
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Phoenix
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Chicago
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Philadelphia
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Dallas
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Houston
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Austin
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National Average
$36,000
Las Vegas
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Atlanta
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Orlando
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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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Filing Court Documents
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Legal Research
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$36,000
Spanish Language
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Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 40%
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