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How much money does a paralegal make?

It depends on a variety of factors.  According to the 2004 National Utilization and Compensation Survey Report published by the National Association of Legal Assistants, the top three factors that determine a paralegal’s compensation (salary plus bonus) are level of general education, population of the city, and years of experience.  In 2004, the national average compensation of a paralegal was $46,862, the national average compensation of a paralegal with five or less years of experience was $35,434, and the regional average compensation of a paralegal in the plains states was $42,694.

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