Litigation Paralegal Salary

Average Litigation Paralegals in the United States make around $50K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $34K, and the top verges on $71K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of Litigation Paralegals spread between $34K and $71K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Litigation Paralegals who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. Although one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$35,091 - $69,239

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$14.35 - $31.45

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National Salary 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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,091 - $69,239  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,074  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $3,569  
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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$34,211 - $71,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,125
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.35 - $31.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.53  
Overtime
$20.80 - $54.71  
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 - $5,074  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $3,569  
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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$34,211 - $71,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 396
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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 go on to become Attorneys may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Attorneys is $81K annually. As Litigation Paralegals progress in their field, many go on to become Paralegals. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $41K. Another common career choice for Litigation Paralegals is to move into a Senior Paralegal role — this promotion usually pays $59K.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Paralegal


Litigation Paralegals seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 16 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.


Litigation Paralegals with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. As Litigation Paralegals reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Litigation Paralegals will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Litigation Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+22 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 5 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 2%

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
0%

Filing Court Documents
0%

National Average
$50,000

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 286 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 20%
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