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Litigation Paralegal Salary

Pay for Litigation Paralegals in the United States sits in the ballpark of $49K per year. Pay generally varies between $34K and $71K per year. In the world of Litigation Paralegals, total cash compensation can vary between $34K and $71K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $4K, respectively. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Litigation Paralegals, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Litigation Paralegals (85 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Although about one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$34,939 - $68,907
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,350
10%
50%
90%

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$14.09 - $31.88
(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
$34,939 - $68,907  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,062  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $3,579  
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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$34,145 - $71,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,261
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$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $31.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.53  
Overtime
$20.49 - $55.20  
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
$0.00 - $5,062  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $3,579  
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).
)
$34,145 - $71,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 437

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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 who transition into an Attorney role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $81K 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


Survey results imply that Litigation Paralegals deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at 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 6 percent and 14 percent. The majority of those who know 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Litigation Paralegals make a median salary of $54K. 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


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Litigation Paralegals, 29 percent above the national average. Litigation Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Washington (+14 percent), and Seattle (+14 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%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 3%

Legal Research
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 3%

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Drafting Correspondence
0%

Medical Records
0%

National Average
$50,000

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 352 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
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 20%
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