How much does a Certified Paralegal make hourly in the United States? The average hourly wage for a Certified Paralegal in the United States is $26 as of October 27, 2022, but the salary range typically falls between $21 and $36. Hourly rate can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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What is a Certified Paralegal?

A Certified Paralegal or certified legal assistant is the title of paralegals in the United States who have met certain education and work experience requirements and have passed one of a number of available certification exams. The primary function of paralegals is to assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. According to the American Bar Association: “A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training and/or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically ...

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The Conservation Fund - Arlington , VA
Bachelor's degree and paralegal certificate preferred but not required. WORK ENVIRONMENT * Work is performed primarily in office. * The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in office ...
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Threat Tec LLC - Hampton , VA
Paralegal certificate required. * Some related experience preferred. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any ...
ZipRecruiter ATS Jobs for ZipSearch/ZipAlerts - 14 days ago
The ideal candidate will be an RN with a current nursing license and an Associates degree in paralegal studies, a Paralegal Certificate, or comparable experience managing cases from inception to end ...
ZipRecruiter ATS Jobs for ZipSearch/ZipAlerts - 26 days ago
Gpac - Fairfax , VA
Bachelor's degree or Paralegal certificate If you'd like to learn more about the position, please feel free to email me at All qualified applicants will receive ...
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PrideStaff - Tysons Corner , VA
Post-bachelor's degree paralegal certification with a real estate focus preferred. * A minimum of 5 years experience as a real estate paralegal. * Extensive knowledge of real estate documents ...
ZipRecruiter - 36 days ago
Williams Mullen Clark Dobbins PC - Virginia Beach , VA
Bachelor's Degree and/or related paralegal certificate required * 5+ years of experience in managing complex corporate transactions in a law firm environment * Excellent verbal and written ...
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