The average Litigation Paralegal in the United States earns approximately $54K per year. Overall cash earnings for Litigation Paralegals stretch from $35K on the lower end to $75K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and just over a half get dental coverage, too. Litigation Paralegals who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$37,263 - $73,752
$37K
$54K
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MEDIAN: $53,735
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$14.57 - $31.79
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MEDIAN: $20.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,263 - $73,752  
   
Bonus
$306.66 - $6,589  
Profit Sharing
$1,409 - $5,562  
Total Pay (?
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$35,444 - $74,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 563
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.57 - $31.79  
   
Overtime
$22.08 - $56.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$306.66 - $6,589  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,409 - $5,562  
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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$35,444 - $74,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 226

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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

  • Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts or preparing legal documents.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents.

Common Career Paths for Litigation Paralegal


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Litigation Paralegals may progress into high-paying roles like Attorney, where median compensation is $81K annually. A Paralegal role is the most common promotion for Litigation Paralegals moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $42K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Litigation Paralegals is a Senior Paralegal position, where earnings are usually $60K.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Paralegal


Litigation Paralegals seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Complex Litigation Case Management, Data Analysis, Knowledge Discovery, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Medical Records, Microsoft Office, and Drafting Correspondence. People who know Litigation Case Management usually also know Knowledge Discovery. Those familiar with Document Preparation also tend to know Complex Litigation Case Management, Knowledge Discovery, and Document Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Litigation Paralegal

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Litigation Paralegals — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $43K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $53K. For Litigation Paralegals, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $63K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,329

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For those looking to make money, Litigation Paralegals in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Litigation Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+26 percent), Denver (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+25 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Cleveland. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Tulsa and 3 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Litigation Paralegal Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Litigation Paralegal?

Litigation Paralegal in Charlotte:
"The management."
Pros: I like that I am given the responsibility of my own pipeline to manager with my attorney. I'm able to interact with outside counsel and business teams to research different claims that we defend.
Cons: Theres not a lot of time to build new skills.

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Key Stats for Litigation Paralegal

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.
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Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Litigation Paralegal Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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