Average Base Pay
16.35% above national average
Additional Cash Compensation
A person in an entry-level Paralegals and Legal Assistants role with under one year of job experience can expect to make an average annual salary of $27,540. A Paralegals and Legal Assistants candidate with 1-4 years of experience makes an average total salary of $30,260. A person in a mid-career Paralegals and Legal Assistants role with 5-9 years of experience makes an average salary of $34,000 a year. Paralegals and Legal Assistants with 10 or more years of experience make an average of $40,730. In their late career (over 20 years of experience), a person in a Paralegals and Legal Assistants role’s annual salary averages $47,390 per year.
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While certifications are not required for every Paralegals and Legal Assistants position, they can certainly increase your salary and lead to an easier recruitment process when applying to enterprises that favor candidates with additional certifications.
The current Bureau of Labor Statistics states the salary is $34,000 higher than the national average for Paralegals and Legal Assistants positions.
Yes, there is strong potential for promotion — either with an additional educational degree or with continued years of experience. There are a multitude of other positions Paralegals and Legal Assistants roles that can advance both internally and with another company.