Median pay for Paralegals with Knowledge Discovery skills is around $47K annually. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Paralegals with Knowledge Discovery skills spread between $31K and $67K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Paralegals with Knowledge Discovery skills are female. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$32,586 - $67,193
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MEDIAN: $46,654
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$13.64 - $28.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,586 - $67,193  
   
Bonus
$101.66 - $4,925  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $9,899  
Total Pay (?
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$31,070 - $66,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 697
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.64 - $28.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.28  
Overtime
$20.14 - $50.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$101.66 - $4,925  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $9,899  
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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$31,070 - $66,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 397
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Pay by Experience Level for Paralegal

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


For many Paralegals with Knowledge Discovery skills, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $45K. Paralegals with Knowledge Discovery skills with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $54K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,031

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For Paralegals with Knowledge Discovery skills, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Paralegals with Knowledge Discovery skills can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+37 percent), Washington (+36 percent), Phoenix (+22 percent), and Seattle (+22 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charleston, which sits 18 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (9 percent lower) and Tampa (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Paralegal Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$45,000

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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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