$45,464
Avg. Salary
$17.51
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,042

Bonus

$1,750

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Paralegal / Legal Assistant is $17.51 per hour.

The average pay for a Paralegal / Legal Assistant is $45,464 per year.

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$12.22
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$28.07
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MEDIAN $45,464
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$0$70K
Salary $30,975 - $70,002
Bonus $204 - $4,938
Profit Sharing $596 - $6,040
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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$28,059 - $67,696
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 880
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $12.22 - $28.07
Hourly Tips $3.25
Overtime $17.57 - $48.12
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $204 - $4,938
Profit Sharing $596 - $6,040
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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$28,059 - $67,696
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 699

Job Description for Paralegal / Legal Assistant

A paralegal (also known as a legal assistant) works in a law office for one or more attorneys to assist them in the execution of their practice. Many times a paralegal will be called upon to type written notes or transcribe recordings of meetings or telephone calls. A paralegal must also be organized and comfortable with research and document drafting; they also must have outstanding written and verbal communications skills.

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Common Career Paths for Paralegal / Legal Assistant


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Legal Assistants who transition into an Attorney role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $81K per year. It is not uncommon for a Legal Assistant to continue on to become a Paralegal or a Paralegal or Legal Assistant.

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Popular Skills for Paralegal / Legal Assistant


Legal Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Online Research, Legal Research, Litigation Case Management, and Document Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Organizing, Microsoft Excel, and Filing Court Documents. The majority of those who know Client Interaction also know Case Management. People who know Document Preparation usually also know Filing Court Documents, Case Management, and Document Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Paralegal / Legal Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Paralegal / Legal Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 417 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Paralegal / Legal Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 177 salaries. An experienced Paralegal / Legal Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 213 salaries. A Paralegal / Legal Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 154 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

16%

15%

2%

-10%

-10%

National Average: $41,979

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

For Legal Assistants, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. Legal Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), and New York (+5 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Legal Assistants is geography, with workers in Oklahoma City earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (19 percent less) and Richmond (14 percent less).

Paralegal / Legal Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Paralegal / Legal Assistant?

Paralegal / Legal Assistant in Alpharetta:
"Perks."
Pros: Laid-back atmosphere. Complimentary drinks. Weekly car wash service.
Cons:

Paralegal / Legal Assistant in San Francisco:
"Motivated."
Pros: Helping people achieve the American dream.
Cons: Lack of training and development.

Paralegal / Legal Assistant in Palo Alto:
"Engaging, though tedious."
Pros: I enjoy working with people in a dynamic and challenging environment and working together to surmount difficult problems.
Cons: I don't enjoy the high level of administrative work that comes with billing and managing invoices.

Paralegal / Legal Assistant in Newport News:
"Don't work for idiots."
If you work for a company that has a lot of turn around, the problem is not with the people being hired, the problem stems from the top. Get out and work somewhere else.

Paralegal / Legal Assistant in Kansas City:
"Stay the Course."
Yow, will need a lot of patience . With others and your self. Keep your self informed of new Laws and Procedures. Don't take Clients , who are venting personally.

Paralegal / Legal Assistant in Fort Hood:
"Paralegal."
Pros: I am very well organized and well planned. I like being able to work directly with my attorney and know exactly what I need to do to assist him. I enjoy managing files and records for all court actions.
Cons: Under paid, over worked, no overtime pay.

Paralegal / Legal Assistant in Los Angeles:
"Don't Settle for Less Than You Are Worth."
I've seen people with similar skill sets obtain higher pay because they insisted on it. Don't start low and don't settle for less.

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Key Stats for Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 293 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects Paralegal / Legal Assistant Salaries

▲33%

▲18%

▲7%

National Average
$42,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Paralegal / Legal Assistant Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 293 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 36%