What is the average paralegal pay scale?

The average paralegal pay or salary varies depending on the type of paralegal work performed and for whom it is performed. Paralegals earn substantially more than other office professionals due to the specialty that they work in and the demands of the job itself. In 2010, the average salary for paralegals in the United States ranges from $33,000 to $59,000 USD annually.

New paralegals with under five years of experience or those who work in social service agencies and private legal firms can expect to earn at the lower end of the salary range. Paralegals with five or more years of experience, including certified paralegals, can expect to earn much more. Many paralegals also earn bonuses from high-level court cases and real estate commissions that equal 5 to 10 percent of their annual salaries.