Litigation Paralegal Salary

Earnings for Litigation Paralegals in the United States come in at around $50K annually on average. Pay ranges from $34K on the low end to $71K per year on the high end. Total incomes of Litigation Paralegals incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $4K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $34K and $71K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, nearly one-fifth claim no health benefits at all. Women account for the majority of Litigation Paralegals who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,063 - $69,372
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,591
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$14.31 - $31.71
(Median)
$14
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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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
$35,063 - $69,372  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,061  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $3,606  
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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$34,264 - $71,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.31 - $31.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.53  
Overtime
$20.74 - $55.66  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,061  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $3,606  
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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$34,264 - $71,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 416
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Attorney. The latter position pays an average of $81K annually. The most common promotion for Litigation Paralegals is a Paralegal position, which usually brings in $41K a year. Another standard transition for Litigation Paralegals seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Paralegal role, where pay is often $59K.

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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, Knowledge Discovery, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. Most people familiar with 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.


Litigation Paralegals with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. Litigation Paralegals who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $58K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Litigation Paralegals in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Litigation Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+21 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 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
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Case Management
up arrow 4%

Litigation Case Management
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Legal Research
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Legal Compliance
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Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 1%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
0%

National Average
$50,000

Organizing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 315 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
30%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 21%
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