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Paralegal salary in United States

How much does a Paralegal make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $58,364
Low $38,386
High $88,739
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a paralegal is $58,364 per year in the United States. 10.9k salaries reported, updated at December 2, 2023

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Top companies for Paralegals in United States

  1. Adams & Martin Group
    27 reviews103 salaries reported
    $75,797per year
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Highest paying cities for Paralegals near United States

  1. Washington, DC
    $80,448 per year
    186 salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $73,220 per year
    390 salaries reported
  3. Denver, CO
    $69,492 per year
    122 salaries reported
  1. New York, NY
    $67,999 per year
    667 salaries reported
  2. Atlanta, GA
    $62,070 per year
    139 salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $61,083 per year
    200 salaries reported
  1. Tampa, FL
    $61,004 per year
    147 salaries reported
  2. Houston, TX
    $57,082 per year
    170 salaries reported
  3. San Antonio, TX
    $49,186 per year
    73 salaries reported
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Where can a Paralegal earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Paralegals

Most recommended certification

Paralegal Certificate

(earn +15.70% more)

The jobs requiring this certification have increase by 11.93% since 2018. Paralegals with this certification earn +15.70% more than the average base salary, which is $58,364 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
20113increase by 3
201222574increase by 752366.67%
201351475increase by 128.03%
201453491increase by 3.92%
201529749decrease by 44.39%
201636901increase by 24.04%
201724996decrease by 32.26%
201825366increase by 1.48%
201928393increase by 11.93%

Top companies hiring Paralegals with the recommended certification

Fairfax County Government
Northwest Florida State College
Erickson Immigration Group
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Top schools offering Paralegal Certificate

Independence Community College

41 reviews
Top licenses
Non-CDL Class C
Top skills
Top fields of study
Law Degree

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Most common benefits for Paralegals

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 566 ratings

50% of Paralegals in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Legal Assistant

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Average $20.29 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Paralegal

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