Paralegals and Legal Assistants

risk level
Based on 219 votes
by year 2031
or $28.46 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

89% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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We haven't found any important qualities of this job that can't be easily automated

User poll

64% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 89% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Paralegals and Legal Assistants will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Paralegals and Legal Assistants' job openings is expected to rise 14.1% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Paralegals and Legal Assistants' was $59,200, or $28 per hour

'Paralegals and Legal Assistants' were paid 27.8% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 345,240 people employed as 'Paralegals and Legal Assistants' within the United States.

This represents around 0.23% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 428 people are employed as 'Paralegals and Legal Assistants'.

Job description

Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

SOC Code: 23-2011.00


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Kris (Highly likely) says
I work in this field and have already witnessed automation taking over with e-filing. I agree it is being replaced by automation. There will always be a niche or exception in the work that will require human oversight. It's not a growing field! Risky and underpaid!
Jan 06, 2022 at 05:13 PM

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