Paralegal or Legal Assistant Salary (United States)

A Paralegal or Legal Assistant earns an average salary of $39,768 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Legal Compliance, Filing Court Documents, and Litigation Case Management.
Paralegal or Legal Assistant Total Pay (?
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$26,162 - $59,482
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MEDIAN: $39,768
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Paralegal or Legal Assistant Total Pay (?
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$10.06 - $24.25
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,162 - $59,482  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,841  
Profit Sharing
$594 - $7,807  
Commission
$835 - $10,250  
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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$23,492 - $58,530  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,330
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $24.25  
   
Overtime
$14.66 - $42.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,841  
   
Commission
$835 - $10,250  
Profit Sharing
$594 - $7,807  
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).
)
$23,492 - $58,530  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,330
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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

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Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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New York
up arrow 7%
Dallas
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Miami
0%
National Average
$38,000
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Experience Affects Paralegal or Legal Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%
National Average
$38,000

Skills That Affect Paralegal or Legal Assistant Salaries

Legal Compliance
up arrow 21%
Litigation Case Management
up arrow 10%
Document Management
up arrow 8%
Spanish Language
up arrow 8%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%
Legal Research
up arrow 5%
National Average
$38,000
Bankruptcy
up arrow 10%
Typing
up arrow 16%

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Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 39%
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