Litigation Paralegal Salary

Litigation Paralegals in the United States can expect wages of $50K per year on average. In the world of Litigation Paralegals, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $35K and $72K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Litigation Paralegals (85 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of Litigation Paralegals claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by slightly more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,899 - $70,662
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,477
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$14.39 - $31.60
(Median)
$14
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,899 - $70,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,119  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $3,584  
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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$34,666 - $72,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,009
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $31.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.71 - $55.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,119  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $3,584  
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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$34,666 - $72,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 341
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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. 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 $60K.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Paralegal


Litigation Paralegals report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 14 percent. Those educated in Document Preparation tend to be well versed in 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,480

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Litigation Paralegals, working in the bustling city of Portland has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Litigation Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+20 percent), Denver (+16 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 4 percent below the national average.

Litigation Paralegal Reviews

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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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 2%

Legal Research
up arrow 2%

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

Legal Compliance
0%

National Average
$50,000

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 227 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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