The average salary for a Paralegal in Chicago, Illinois is $48,079 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Research Analysis and Real Estate. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$33,702 - $71,780
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$72K
MEDIAN: $48,078
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$13.70 - $28.45
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,702 - $71,780  
   
Bonus
$375.00 - $5,098  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$32,135 - $72,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $28.45  
   
Overtime
$25.02 - $49.66  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$375.00 - $5,098  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$32,135 - $72,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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About Chicago, Illinois

Cook County, Illinois
2,662,238
Male:
1,320,015 (48.5%)
Female:
1,400,541 (51.5%)
Chicago (/ʃᵻˈkɑːɡoʊ/ or /ʃᵻˈkɔːɡoʊ/), officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States, and the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the U.S. Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed, and grew rapidly in the mid-nineteenth century. The city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation: O'Hare International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the world when measured by aircraft traffic; the region also has the largest number of U.S. highways and rail road freight. In 2012, Chicago was listed as an alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research...
Chicago:
$50,702
Illinois:
$59,588
$985
Chicago:
$238,500
Illinois:
$180,300
6.3%

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

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Experience Affects Paralegal Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%



National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Paralegal Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 24%




Bankruptcy
up arrow 5%

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 1%

Legal Research
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Client Interaction
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Knowledge Discovery
up arrow 2%

Office Administration
up arrow 3%

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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