What is the highest salary grade a non-lawyer can hold in a legal office?
This is a very subjective question, answers will differ accordingly. Non attorney personnel in a law office could include the office manager, paralegals, investigators, nurses, and support staff. Generally speaking, larger firms employ more people and pay higher salaries. Larger firms are usually in larger cities.
An office manager could range in salary from 30,000 to 100,000.
Paralegals could range in salary from 20,000 to 100,000 plus.
Investigators could range in salary from 25,000 to 100,000 plus
Nurses could range in salary from 35,000 to 100,000 plus
Support staff salaries could range from 15,000 to 45,000
Salaries fluctuate greatly depending on several factors. Pertaining to law, they can vary depending on where the law office is located and what specialty of law that office practices (family law, criminal law, real estate law, etc.)
Generally speaking, the attorney or lawyer of an office is compensated the highest, and his or her paralegal falls just below him or her in compensation.
On average, a practicing attorney can earn $50,000 in his first year. Attorneys in smaller communities or those interested in pro-bono or work donated to those who can't afford legal help will make less. A succesfull attorney will see his salary rise considerably through his career, finding a near $120,000 average for ten years of experience. A paralegal, especially in a large law office, is the hand and foot of the attorney in that he or she will perform most of his duties. A paralegal is actually hired in lieu of adding another attorney to the practice in most cases. Therefore, a paralegal can enjoy a considerable income, although, not that of an attorney. A paralegal's income ranges from $36,000 to over $60,000 yearly, depending again on the size, location, and focus of the office they are employed by.