$45,521
Avg. Salary
$16.66
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,010

Bonus

$2,500

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Paralegal Or Legal Assistant is $16.66 per hour.

The average pay for a Paralegal Or Legal Assistant is $45,521 per year.

10%
$11.78
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$16.66
50%
$25.32
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MEDIAN $16.66
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$30k
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$46k
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$70k
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MEDIAN $45,521
$29,568 - $69,947
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MEDIAN: $45,521
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$0$69K
Salary $29,568 - $69,947
Bonus $199 - $5,047
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$26,869 - $63,978
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 242
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $11.78 - $25.32
Overtime $20.29 - $46.37
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $199 - $5,047
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$26,869 - $63,978
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 207

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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Popular Skills for Paralegal or Legal Assistant

Pay by Experience Level for Paralegal or Legal Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Paralegal or Legal Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Paralegal or Legal Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 165 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Paralegal or 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 $43,000 based on 67 salaries. An experienced Paralegal or 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 82 salaries. A Paralegal or 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 $51,000 based on 50 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

8%

National Average: $40,708

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

Paralegal or Legal Assistant Reviews

Q: 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 Montgomery:
"I enjoyed the work experience for the first 8 years."
Learn to take time out and laugh.

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.

Paralegal or Legal Assistant in San Francisco:
"So Easy To Stay Too Long."
Ask yourself what you like about the work (besides the money, job security, or things of that nature). Do you enjoy the work itself. It can be grueling.

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Key Stats for Paralegal or Legal Assistant

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Paralegal or Legal Assistant Salaries

▲24%

▲24%

▲5%

National Average
$41,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Paralegal or Legal Assistant Salaries

Legal Compliance
▲15%


Spanish Language
▲4%


National Average
$41,000



Microsoft Word
▼4%


▼6%




Bankruptcy
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 42%