Paralegal or Legal Assistant Salary

A Paralegal or Legal Assistant earns an average salary of $45,190 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Legal Compliance and Litigation Case Management.

$29,734 - $69,977
$30K
$45K
$70K
MEDIAN: $45,190
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90%

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$11.17 - $23.39
$11
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MEDIAN: $15.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,734 - $69,977  
   
Bonus
$-0.48 - $5,425  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$26,393 - $63,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.17 - $23.39  
   
Overtime
$19.24 - $58.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.48 - $5,425  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$26,393 - $63,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 143

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Paralegal or Legal Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Paralegal or Legal Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Paralegal or Legal Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 165 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Paralegal or Legal Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 67 salaries. An experienced Paralegal or Legal Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 82 salaries. A Paralegal or Legal Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 50 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,342

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Q: What is it like working as a Paralegal or Legal Assistant?

Paralegal or Legal Assistant in Troy:
"Defense Litigation."
Pros: It is challenging and fast paced, but also relaxed. There is a lot of variety and it can be interesting work.
Cons: Being at a desk inside all of the time can be exhausting, strange as that may seem.

Paralegal or Legal Assistant in Athens:
"Paralegal Field."
Pros: I enjoy the fact that I can interact with people and try to meet their needs in the legal arena. It can be from helping a client, potential client, or co-worker. The idea is to meet the need.
Cons: I think that people should focus on others, rather than being self absorbed. Sometimes in this profession, people do not think of other people's strengths. They only see how they want things done and that is it.

Paralegal or Legal Assistant in North Charleston:
Pros: Helping people and perks at the job. My boss also buys holiday gifts for the office, if I need time off it's easy, and boss is more centered to work performance not just hours in the office . I am given opportunities to network and train as well and continue to improve in the job and to be more marketable.
Cons: Stress sometimes with deadlines and getting needed papers from clients.

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Key Stats for Paralegal or Legal Assistant

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Paralegal or Legal Assistant Salaries

▲29%

▲28%

▲9%

National Average
$39,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Paralegal or Legal Assistant Salaries

Legal Compliance
▲19%


Spanish Language
▲7%



Microsoft Word
▼0%

National Average
$39,000



▼3%




Bankruptcy
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
no benefits
None: 43%