Information About Paralegals And Legal Assistants

Training Requirements for Paralegals And Legal Assistants

Paralegals and legal assistants need associate's degree.

Degrees for Paralegals and legal assistants
Training for Paralegals And Legal Assistants
Percent
Less than High School 0.9
High School 9.6
Some College 24.6
Associates Degree 20.3
Bachelors Degree 35.2
Masters Degree 6.2
Doctorate or Professional Degree 3.1

Employment outlook for Paralegals And Legal Assistants

Represents about 279,000 people in the United States.

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 21,000 more paralegals and legal assistants but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 82,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, paralegals and legal assistants make $25.57 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Paralegals and legal assistants $14.94 $18.38 $23.80 $30.60 $38.59
Legal occupations $17.62 $24.78 $38.30 $66.46 $high
Legal support workers $14.59 $18.18 $23.83 $30.95 $41.04
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, paralegals and legal assistants make $53,180 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Paralegals and legal assistants $31,070 $38,230 $49,500 $63,650 $80,260
Legal occupations $36,650 $51,530 $79,650 $138,240 $high
Legal support workers $30,350 $37,820 $49,560 $64,380 $85,360
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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