The average salary for a Paralegal is $47,669.
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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. Paralegals may have to interview clients…Read more
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Popular Employer Salaries for Paralegal
The top respondents for the job title Paralegal are from the companies Family Law Office, Fragomen, Del Rey & Bernsen and Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman,&Dicker Llp. Reported salaries are highest at Fragomen, Del Rey & Bernsen where the average pay is $49,100. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP and Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman,&Dicker Llp, earning around $46,234 and $45,127, respectively. Attorney General's Office pays the lowest at around $40,865. The Legal Aid Society and Morgan & Morgan also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $43,448 and $43,714, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Paralegal
Skills in Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Drafting Correspondence, Case Management, Client Interaction and Document Preparation.
Pay by Experience Level for Paralegal
An entry-level Paralegal with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $38,297 based on 1,324 salaries. An early career Paralegal with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $41,424 based on 7,702 salaries. A mid-career Paralegal with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,845 based on 4,255 salaries. An experienced Paralegal with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,402 based on 4,532 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $58,342.
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Employees with Paralegal in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 26.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (26.2% more) and Houston, Texas (6.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (1.4% less).
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