Information About Paralegals And Legal Assistants

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Training

Paralegals and legal assistants need associate degree.

Degrees for Paralegals and legal assistants
Training for Paralegals And Legal Assistants
Percent
Less than High School 0.8
High School 14.0
Some College 26.6
Associates Degree 18.4
Bachelors Degree 33.7
Masters Degree 4.1
Doctorate or Professional Degree 2.4

Employment

Represents about 263,000 people in the United States- 3.2% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 74,000 more paralegals and legal assistants but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 104,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, paralegals and legal assistants make $24.02 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Paralegals and legal assistants $14.10 $17.40 $22.40 $28.80 $36.20
Legal occupations $16.60 $22.90 $36.20 $62.50 $high
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, paralegals and legal assistants make $49,960 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Paralegals and legal assistants $29,390 $36,230 $46,730 $59,970 $75,400
Legal occupations $34,630 $47,720 $75,470 $130,100 $high
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

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

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