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Litigation Paralegal Salary

Litigation Paralegals in the United States pull down an average of $50K per year. Compensation ranges between $34K and $70K per year. In the world of Litigation Paralegals, total cash compensation can vary between $34K and $70K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $4K, respectively. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 85 percent of Litigation Paralegals are female. For the most part, Litigation Paralegals enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — nearly one-fifth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$35,070 - $68,160
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$68K
MEDIAN: $49,558
10%
50%
90%

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$14.00 - $31.62
(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
$35,070 - $68,160  
   
Bonus
$98.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $3,631  
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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$34,196 - $70,450  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,352
National Hourly Rate 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$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.00 - $31.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.53  
Overtime
$20.08 - $53.33  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$98.00 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $3,631  
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).
)
$34,196 - $70,450  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 464
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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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At the upper end, Litigation Paralegals who move into an Attorney role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Attorneys is $80K per year. Litigation Paralegals typically move into roles as Senior Paralegals or Corporate Paralegals, and those positions pay $9K more and $5K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Paralegal


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Complex Litigation Case Management, Microsoft Word, and Knowledge Discovery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Most people experienced in Document Preparation also know Document Management, Complex Litigation Case Management, and Knowledge Discovery.

Pay by Experience Level for Litigation Paralegal

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


Litigation Paralegals with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Litigation Paralegals bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


Litigation Paralegals will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Litigation Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+22 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 7 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Litigation Paralegal Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Litigation Paralegal Salaries




Document Management
up arrow 4%

Knowledge Discovery
up arrow 4%

Legal Research
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 2%

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
0%

Filing Court Documents
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$50,000

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 399 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 20%