Litigation Paralegal Salary

Litigation Paralegals in the United States pull down an average of $54K annually. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Litigation Paralegals spread between $35K and $75K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women account for the majority of Litigation Paralegals who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. The majority of Litigation Paralegals claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and just over a half earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$37,463 - $73,636
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MEDIAN: $54,069
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$14.70 - $32.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,463 - $73,636  
   
Bonus
$307.82 - $6,884  
Profit Sharing
$1,409 - $5,562  
Total Pay (?
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$35,470 - $74,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 529
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.70 - $32.04  
   
Overtime
$22.46 - $55.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$307.82 - $6,884  
   
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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$35,470 - $74,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 223

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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 do not often transition into Attorney roles. The role averages $81K per year. Litigation Paralegals go on to become Paralegals more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $42K. Litigation Paralegals who move into a Senior Paralegal role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $61K.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Paralegal


Litigation Paralegals report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Complex Litigation Case Management, Data Analysis, Microsoft Word, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Medical Records, Microsoft Office, and Drafting Correspondence. Most people skilled in Litigation Case Management are similarly competent in Knowledge Discovery. Most people experienced in Document Preparation also know Complex Litigation Case Management, Knowledge Discovery, and Document Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Litigation Paralegal

Pay by Experience for a Litigation Paralegal has a positive trend. An entry-level Litigation Paralegal with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 271 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Litigation Paralegal with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 216 salaries. An experienced Litigation Paralegal which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 250 salaries. A Litigation Paralegal with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 163 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,866

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Litigation Paralegals, 25 percent above the national average. Litigation Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+21 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Washington (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 17 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Raleigh and Tulsa (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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 106 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Litigation Paralegal Salaries

▲20%

▲12%

▼0%

National Average
$53,000

▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 20%