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Litigation Paralegal Salary

The average Litigation Paralegal in the United States earns approximately $49K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum 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. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Litigation Paralegals (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most Litigation Paralegals like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$35,060 - $68,648
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,467
10%
50%
90%

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$14.12 - $32.24
(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
$35,060 - $68,648  
   
Bonus
$50.00 - $5,045  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $3,596  
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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$34,212 - $71,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,327
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
$14.12 - $32.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.53  
Overtime
$20.63 - $54.98  
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
$50.00 - $5,045  
   
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $3,596  
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).
)
$34,212 - $71,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 458

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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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As Litigation Paralegals transition into upper-level roles such as Attorney, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Attorneys earn $81K on average per year. Going from Litigation Paralegal to Paralegal is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Paralegals is $41K. Many others choose to work as Senior Paralegals, where pay is typically $59K.

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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, Knowledge Discovery, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. For most people, competency in Document Preparation indicates knowledge of 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.


For many Litigation Paralegals, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. Litigation Paralegals who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $58K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Litigation Paralegals that is 32 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Litigation Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+22 percent), Washington (+14 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Litigation Paralegal Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Litigation Paralegal Salaries





Document Management
up arrow 4%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 2%

Legal Research
up arrow 2%

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 1%

Drafting Correspondence
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$50,000

Organizing
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 383 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

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