Paralegal Podcast Episode 2

It’s Time to Increase Paralegal Salaries

In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson discusses paralegal salaries and sheds light on why it is time to increase paralegal salaries. Don’t miss this frank discussion with actions and strategies all paralegals can use to make more money.

Show Highlights

  • How much you want to make is the answer when a recruiter asks how much you’re currently making
  • Why you shouldn’t be leaving your current job for a small salary increase
  • What steps you can take to help the entire paralegal profession raise salaries across the board

Show Summary

Right now there’s such low unemployment in the paralegal job market that recruiters are having a difficult time filling paralegal positions. Maybe it’s time to start paying paralegals more money?

Maybe add a signing bonus? Or a few days per week working from home?

Maybe it’s time recruiters are honest with law firm managers when they call and ask them to fill a position? Tell them that the salary is too low and they need to increase it if the firm wants to hire top talent.

There’s an employee shortage right now, and this is the time where the entire paralegal profession could see an overall increase in all paralegal salaries.

Your Actionable Strategy

In all of our podcast episodes, we try to give paralegals an actionable strategy that they can take away from the show because we know your time is valuable.

In this podcast episode, Ann Pearson discussed two actionable strategies:

Strategy #1: Ask yourself how much money do I want to be making one year from now and three years from now, then write it down.

Write down what you are currently making and then ask yourself how much do I want to be making?

Where do you want to be in your career three years from now? In order to get there do you need to obtain additional skills? Figure out what additional skills you need to add to your current skill set to get you to that number and go out there and get them! Use our Paralegal Career Development Plan, put check-ins on your calendar, and get those skills.

Strategy #2: When a recruiter contacts you about a position and ask you how much you are currently making – tell them what you’re currently making is irrelevant. Instead, the answer is – this is how much I want to make if I’m going to consider making a career move.

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  • Mary K. Mayer October 19, 2021 at 3:35 pm Reply

    This was a really good podcast and I look forward to hearing more. Question – I work for the County Public Defender’s Office. I have 7 years as Paralegal, and over 30 years in Legal Field. My pay is way below even the $50,000 you mentioned. Since I do work for government, how can I approach my Supervisor about making more money. My performance evaluations last 2 years have been Exceeds Expectations. Thank you.

    • Ann Pearson October 28, 2021 at 3:28 pm Reply

      We’re going to be doing a podcast about performance reviews in an upcoming episode. Your situation is a little unique with a government agency, though. Please feel free to email Ann to discuss over the phone.

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