Entry-Level Paralegal Salary

The average salary for an Entry-Level Paralegal is $39,631 per year.

$29,345 - $55,061
$29K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,847
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50%
90%

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$11.79 - $22.95
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.08
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$0$55K
Salary $29,345 - $55,061
Bonus $0.00 - $4,095
Profit Sharing $445 - $8,241
Commission $0.00 - $5,182
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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$26,458 - $53,547
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,810
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $11.79 - $22.95
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $18.69 - $38.96
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,095
Commission $0.00 - $5,182
Profit Sharing $445 - $8,241
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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$26,458 - $53,547
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,907

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 Difference by Location

National Average: $37,737

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

Paralegal Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Paralegal in Roanoke:
"Love the bosses."
Pros:
Cons:

Paralegal in Jupiter:
Daily responsibilities of everything that I would have to do for the entire office for a solo firm.

Paralegal in Rochester:
"Be careful of big firms that pay more but are not flexible."
Find attorney's you can work with.

Paralegal in Grand Rapids:
"How hard it would be to get a raise."
Be forthright about wages and raises.

Paralegal in Winter Haven:
"Share your knowledge about the dailty responsibilities, stre."
Always be available to learn new things.

Paralegal in Winston-Salem:
"Never stop growing/learning and improving."
Stay on top of changes in your area of interest. Be proactive. Challenge yourself!! Do be afraid to say, I don't understand and ask for clarification, nor to say, I haven't done this before, but I know I can handle it. Network with other paralegals and attorneys. Build a strong network!

Paralegal in Detroit:
"Low pay."
Work for a corporation with more than one attorney.

Key Stats for Paralegal

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1624 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
15%

Skills That Affect Paralegal Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1624 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 38%