Litigation Paralegal Salary

Litigation Paralegals in the United States pull down an average of $50K per year. Pay generally varies between $34K and $71K per year. Cash earnings for Litigation Paralegals — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $34K to approximately $71K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. There are far more female Litigation Paralegals who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,117 - $69,400
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,705
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50%
90%

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$14.36 - $31.70
(Median)
$14
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,117 - $69,400  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,076  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $3,563  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,228 - $71,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.36 - $31.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.53  
Overtime
$20.74 - $55.73  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,076  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $3,563  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$34,228 - $71,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 407
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Job Description for Litigation Paralegal

The litigation paralegal performs several important duties in the litigation process. One of their primary tasks is document handling; on a day-to-day basis, they must organize, coordinate, and file necessary documents for the attorney to access. The paralegal also acts as the liaison among all involved parties of a case, including witnesses, the court, and clients. The litigation paralegal also performs a number of tasks under the supervision of attorneys, such as preparing materials for court, conducting research, and preparing for depositions. They may also be required to do a range of administrative tasks such as filing paper work, photocopying, and preparing motions for the court. The litigation paralegal is responsible for the upkeep of client files; they make new files for new clients and discard the files of those clients whose cases are closed.

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Litigation Paralegal Tasks

  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents.
  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, maintain document file and file pleadings with court clerk.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts and real estate closing statements.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts or preparing legal documents.

Common Career Paths for Litigation Paralegal


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As Litigation Paralegals transition into upper-level roles such as Attorney, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Attorneys earn $81K on average per year. A Paralegal role is the most prevalent career advancement for Litigation Paralegals. Paychecks for that role are $41K on average. The Senior Paralegal position is another common transition for Litigation Paralegals; in this role, salaries are typically at the $59K mark.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Paralegal


Litigation Paralegals seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Complex Litigation Case Management, Knowledge Discovery, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. Those proficient in Document Preparation are, more often than not, also skilled in Complex Litigation Case Management, Document Management, and Knowledge Discovery.

Pay by Experience Level for Litigation Paralegal

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Litigation Paralegals make a median salary of $54K. As Litigation Paralegals reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Litigation Paralegals, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Litigation Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+21 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago.

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Experience Affects Litigation Paralegal Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Litigation Paralegal Salaries





Document Management
up arrow 4%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 3%

Legal Research
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
0%

Filing Court Documents
0%

Legal Compliance
0%

National Average
$50,000

Organizing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 300 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 21%
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