A Paralegal or Legal Assistant earns an average salary of $39,715 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Filing Court Documents, Litigation Case Management, and Document Preparation.
Paralegal or Legal Assistant Total Pay (?
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$26,734 - $59,487
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MEDIAN: $39,714
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Paralegal or Legal Assistant Total Pay (?
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$10.03 - $24.04
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,734 - $59,487  
   
Bonus
$100.43 - $4,815  
Profit Sharing
$580 - $6,851  
Commission
$1.42 - $8,844  
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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$23,572 - $58,495  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,862
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $24.04  
   
Overtime
$14.94 - $44.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$100.43 - $4,815  
   
Commission
$1.42 - $8,844  
Profit Sharing
$580 - $6,851  
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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$23,572 - $58,495  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,862
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Job Description for Paralegal or Legal Assistant
The paralegal or legal assistant aids lawyers in everyday office functions, such as doing paperwork and answering the phone. They are not qualified to be lawyers, but they must have some legal knowledge so that they can make sense of the information they are working with. Paralegals/legal assistants provide a valuable service to law offices by handling all of the tasks that law professionals do not have time to handle.
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Paralegal or 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 or Legal Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Washington
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San Jose
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Houston
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Dallas
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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New York
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Atlanta
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Miami
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National Average
$37,000
Boston
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Experience Affects Paralegal or Legal Assistant Salaries

National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Paralegal or Legal Assistant Salaries

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Gender
Female
88%
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Male
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Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 38%
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