A Paralegal or Legal Assistant earns an average salary of $43,812 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Legal Compliance and Litigation Case Management.

$29,659 - $67,910
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$30K
$44K
$68K
MEDIAN: $43,811
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$11.21 - $23.65
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,659 - $67,910  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$26,075 - $61,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.21 - $23.65  
   
Overtime
$19.28 - $58.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
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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$26,075 - $61,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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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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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Experience Affects Paralegal or Legal Assistant Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Paralegal or Legal Assistant Salaries

Legal Compliance
up arrow 18%


Spanish Language
up arrow 7%

Document Management
up arrow 2%

Legal Research
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
0%

Typing
0%

National Average
$40,000

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%



Bankruptcy
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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