Litigation Paralegal Salary

For Litigation Paralegals, yearly average wages total $54K annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $5K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $35K and hits $75K on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Female Litigation Paralegals far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$37,926 - $74,752
$38K
$54K
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MEDIAN: $54,012
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$14.60 - $31.86
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,926 - $74,752  
   
Bonus
$303.86 - $5,215  
Profit Sharing
$618 - $5,430  
Commission
$10,600  
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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$35,265 - $75,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 564
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.60 - $31.86  
   
Overtime
$22.71 - $54.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$303.86 - $5,215  
   
Commission
$10,600  
Profit Sharing
$618 - $5,430  
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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$35,265 - $75,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 241

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Litigation Paralegals sometimes become Attorneys, where the average income is $81K per year. A Paralegal role is the most prevalent career advancement for Litigation Paralegals. Paychecks for that role are $42K on average. The Senior Paralegal position is another common transition for Litigation Paralegals; in this role, salaries are typically at the $61K mark.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Paralegal


Litigation Paralegals seem to exploit a large range 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 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Medical Records, Microsoft Office, and Drafting Correspondence. Most people who know Litigation Case Management also know Knowledge Discovery. Those educated in Document Preparation tend to be well versed in 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: $52,688

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For Litigation Paralegals, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Litigation Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Washington (+18 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Cleveland is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers 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 116 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Litigation Paralegal Salaries

▲20%

▲12%

▼0%

National Average
$53,000

▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 116 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
27%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 21%
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