Working hard for the money – being paid well and loving what you do

Many paralegals enter the profession for the love of the law but others also find the profession appealing because the compensation is fairly lucrative. Not only will working as a paralegal place you in a professional environment with regular work hours, but most paralegals are either paid at a higher salary rate or annual salary.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay for a paralegal was $46,680 annually or $22.44 per hour. This average pay takes into consideration salaries for paralegals in small, large and corporate firms as well as offices located in rural and urban areas. However, the median salary is fairly accurate in terms of what one should expect to make over the course of time as a paralegal.
Compensation can vary depending on the size of the community, geographic location, the type of legal practice and the paralegal’s educational background and work experience. As would be expected with any profession, a paralegal working with a certificate alone might not be paid as highly as a paralegal working with a certificate and four year Bachelor’s Degree.
Paralegal positions can both full-time and part-time, which makes it an attractive option for female professionals looking for a work-family balance. In addition, companies exist throughout the countries which offer freelance paralegal opportunities, allowing the professional to work from home and still earn a decent salary for their work product. Freelance opportunities can be assigned on a project basis depending on the availability of the paralegal’s time.
In tough economic times, finding a job that pays well and is equally satisfying can be difficult. Becoming a paralegal through a certificate or associate’s program can offer a quick way to open the door to a career that truly pays in the end.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm (visited December 23, 2013).

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