$46,678
Avg. Salary
$18.17
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,467

Bonus

$2,675

Profit Sharing

$2,966

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Paralegal is $18.17 per hour.

The average pay for a Paralegal is $46,678 per year.

$12.65
10%
$18.17
50%
$27.37
90%
MEDIAN $18.17
$32k
10%
$47k
50%
$69k
90%
MEDIAN $46,678
$31,893 - $69,019
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MEDIAN: $46,678
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$0$69K
Salary $31,893 - $69,019
Bonus $245 - $5,110
Profit Sharing $888 - $7,409
Commission $0.00 - $14,564
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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$29,854 - $67,514
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 27 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 13,350
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $12.65 - $27.37
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $9.07
Overtime $20.30 - $48.11
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $245 - $5,110
Commission $0.00 - $14,564
Profit Sharing $888 - $7,409
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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$29,854 - $67,514
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 27 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 8,500

Job Description for Paralegal

Paralegals perform legal-, regulatory- and business-related research for lawyers working at their organization. Most of the time, paralegals work for law offices, corporations’ legal departments or courts. These professionals also provide legal support services to attorneys. They assist lawyers in filing materials such as motions, memoranda, pleadings and briefs in various court systems, as well as accompany lawyers to see clients and/or to go to court.

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Paralegal Tasks

  • Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts or preparing legal documents.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents.

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Pay by Experience Level for Paralegal

Pay by Experience for a Paralegal has a positive trend. An entry-level Paralegal with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 5,566 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Paralegal with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 2,831 salaries. An experienced Paralegal which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 2,898 salaries. A Paralegal with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 1,516 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,000

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Paralegal Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Paralegal?

Paralegal in Seattle:
"Litigation Paralegal."
Pros: Research, document review and organization, client interaction, collaboration.
Cons: Stress level, long hours, lack of professional development opportunities, management.

Paralegal in Washington:
"Range Of Salary; Asked For Less Than The Minimum."
Obtain and retain strong research and organizational skills.

Paralegal in Indianapolis:
"Highly Organized."
Determine priorities and manage time accordingly.

Paralegal in Indianapolis:
"50% Tedious, 50% Interesting."
Pros: I like the fact that I am able to learn new things about the law everyday. It is important to me that justice is served.
Cons: Some of the work can be very tedious and mind-numbing.

Paralegal in Seattle:
"Good For The Short-term."
Pros: Good pay, perks, lots of vacation, health benefits, car home in the evenings.
Cons: Inflexible hours, LOTS of hours, corporate culture, no career advancement, dry work.

Paralegal in Atlanta:
"A Clearer Career Path."
Read legal publications that offer practical learning, network with paralegal professionals within a positive environment and obtain a paralegal mentor with real leadership skills and experience. Pursue continuing legal education course work and keep us with technology trends. Finally, learn best practices and share/apply them within your work environment.

Paralegal in Miami:
"Employing Your Talents In The In-house Legal Department."
NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING! Check and double check all your information at hand. Investigate, ask, make notes, review information and analyze it. Do not make rush assessments. Think. Do not overtake responsibilities even though you can do the job. Think always about the liabilities. Prevent. Have a vision of the worst case scenario. In legal, you can never assume but yes, it is ok to think the worst case scenario so you can foresee and prevent what could happen.

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Key Stats for Paralegal

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3794 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Paralegal Salaries

▲26%

▲16%

▲6%

National Average
$44,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Paralegal Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3794 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 34%