Paralegal or Legal Assistant Salary
A Paralegal or Legal Assistant earns an average salary of $45,190 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Legal Compliance and Litigation Case Management.
|Salary||$30,000 - $72,988|
|Bonus||$154 - $5,117|
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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).)
|$26,102 - $67,320|
|Hourly Rate||$11.06 - $24.93|
|Overtime||$19.12 - $58.33|
|Bonus||$154 - $5,117|
|Total Pay (||$26,102 - $67,320|
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.Read More...
The paralegal/legal assistant works either for a law office under the supervision of a lawyer or provides freelance services. The primary duties of a paralegal/legal assistant involve handling paperwork, organizing files, managing databases, scheduling, and many other law office-related tasks. Paralegals/legal assistants must be able to multitask, as they may have many things to do in the same period of time. Their work hours are normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paralegals/legal assistants must be proficient in the use of computers and various documentation programs. Their tools for work include computers, telephones, pens and paper, and other typical office supplies.
Paralegals/legal assistants are able to be hired with a high school diploma and some law courses. However, an associate's degree is sometimes required for this position. Bachelor's degrees in law are also strongly preferred. Paralegal certifications may be required by some offices.
Paralegals/legal assistants play an important role in everyday law office functions. Without them, a lawyer would not have the time to organize and prepare for his or her cases. Many paralegals/legal assistants use the position for experience and move on to become lawyers. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Paralegal or Legal Assistant 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 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.
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