Why am I seeing job postings where some paralegals are making more than associate attorneys?

When looking at legal job postings, I see a lot of posts for paralegals. Some of the salaries are more than associate attorneys I know are making. Some are even more than senior lawyers I know make at small law firms, and definitely more than a lot of solo attorney I know. Why is this? Are paralegals becoming more valuable than attorneys to some companies? Do you think this profession will continue to grow and evolve? Will they become more valuable and make more money? Also I am talking "real" paralegal positions here, not legal assistant jobs or legal secretaries.

Asked By: klav - 3/15/2010
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Super experienced paralegals in some specialized fields (IP is the big one, although there are others) could be more valuable than beginning attorneys and thus earn more, especially in the small firm environment. Solo practitioners are a whole separate deal as they usually set their own rates and a large percentage of... More
Answered By: sitcpsitcb - 3/15/2010
Additional Answers (3)
that isnt surprising, as that could be a 30 yrs experienced paralegal vs a rookie associate attorney.
Answered By: T E - 3/15/2010
Paralegals have always been valuable to a law firm. And it does not surprise me to see that they can make more than some associates. I do think this profession will continue to grow.
Answered By: RV - 3/16/2010
You need to be very, very careful. Most of these postings are fictitious and fabricated - just made up by temp agencies trying to lure in employees. Be very, very careful... More
Answered By: mailaccount63 - 3/17/2010
Sponsored results
Over 483 Local Jobs Now Hiring In Your Area. $18-$87/Hr - Apply Today!
New job opportunities added daily. Search Virginia jobs now!
Click. Search. Apply. Free!
Get Your Degree Online Sooner than You Think. Financial Aid Options

Other Career Questions

What is your current job? Why did you choose this job? What do you enjoy about your job? What do you dislike about your job? What would be your perfect job? Would you rather have this j...
3 answers - Asked By: drop pants not bombs!.♥ - 3/2/2010
Where are the jobs? Is productivity and globalization creating a permanent “recession” of jobs? My main issue is I am doing a paper for school and have no idea where to begin. I was hoping suggestions...
4 answers - Asked By: bayebd24【ツ】 - 11/21/2007
Hi ok im 19 and about to start college to do an acess course into a university. Ive been browsing through all the courses and im tottaly stuck! I thought politics but im scared ill end up with some r...
1 answers - Asked By: roseparkerly - 1/26/2009

Content is not owned or controlled by Monster. Any content concerns should be addressed with Yahoo!
Yahoo! Does not evaluate or guarantee the accuracy of any Yahoo! Answers content. Yahoo! Disclaimer.

Popular Articles

Best-Paying Work-from-Home Jobs Article Rating
It’s easier than ever to work from home. Of course, not every job is a mobile job, and some companies aren’t interested in having their employees work from home.
2013 Marketing Jobs Outlook Article Rating
The US may be facing another year of anemic hiring overall, but that won't be the case in the high-orbit world of multichannel, digital media marketing.
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes | Advertise
About Monster | Work for Monster | Advertise with Us | AdChoices | Partner with Us | Investor Relations | Social Media
Terms of Use | Privacy Center | Accessibility Center | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap | Mobile
©2014 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2014.1.40.24-315