Litigation Paralegal Salary

The average Litigation Paralegal in the United States earns approximately $50K per year. Total cash compensation for Litigation Paralegals runs from $35K to $72K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $4K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Litigation Paralegals like their work and job satisfaction is high. 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 a little over a half receive dental plans. Litigation Paralegals who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 85 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$35,899 - $70,662
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,477
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$14.39 - $31.60
(Median)
$14
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,899 - $70,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,119  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $3,584  
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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$34,666 - $72,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,009
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $31.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.71 - $55.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,119  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $3,584  
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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$34,666 - $72,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 341
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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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Litigation Paralegals may progress into high-paying roles like Attorney, where median compensation is $81K annually. The most common promotion for Litigation Paralegals is a Paralegal position, which usually brings in $41K a year. Another standard transition for Litigation Paralegals seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Paralegal role, where pay is often $60K.

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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 14 percent. Most people familiar with Document Preparation also know 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $52K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Litigation Paralegals with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,480

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Litigation Paralegals, working in the bustling city of Portland has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Litigation Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+20 percent), Denver (+16 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 4 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%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 2%

Legal Research
up arrow 2%

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

Legal Compliance
0%

National Average
$50,000

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 227 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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