Median pay for Paralegals with Legal Compliance skills is around $51K per year. Total cash compensation to Paralegals with Legal Compliance skills bottoms out near $31K and approaches $74K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $21K from profit sharing. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While about a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 85 percent of Paralegals with Legal Compliance skills are female. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,964 - $75,165
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$34K
$51K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,127
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$13.17 - $30.21
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$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$33,964 - $75,165  
   
Bonus
$199.56 - $7,047  
Profit Sharing
$811 - $20,713  
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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$30,845 - $74,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 583
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.17 - $30.21  
   
Overtime
$21.27 - $54.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$199.56 - $7,047  
   
Profit Sharing
$811 - $20,713  
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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$30,845 - $74,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 314
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Pay by Experience Level for Paralegal

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Paralegals with Legal Compliance skills with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. Paralegals with Legal Compliance skills claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,266

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Home to some of the best pay for Paralegals with Legal Compliance skills, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Paralegals with Legal Compliance skills will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+22 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Indianapolis (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Phoenix. Workers in Houston and St. Louis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Paralegal Salaries

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$48,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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