Paralegals in Charleston, S.C. may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $41K per year. Some workers in this field — close to two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by two in five. Most Charleston Paralegals report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$28,309 - $55,369
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$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,399
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$12.82 - $19.87
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Local Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,309 - $55,369  
   
Bonus
$145.44 - $3,091  
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$27,379 - $54,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $19.87  
   
Overtime
$28.80  
Local Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$145.44 - $3,091  
   
Total Pay (?
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$27,379 - $54,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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About Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston County, South Carolina
135,524
Male:
63,956 (47.2%)
Female:
71,568 (52.8%)
Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County, and the principal city in the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, or, as is locally expressed, "where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean." Charleston had an estimated population of 132,609 in 2015. The population of the Charleston metropolitan area, comprising Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties, was counted by the 2015 estimate at 727,689—the third-largest in the state—and the 78th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States. Charleston was founded as Charles Town—honoring King Charles II of England—in 1670. Its initial location at Albemarle Point on the west bank...
Charleston:
$61,993
South Carolina:
$47,238
$1,119
Charleston:
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South Carolina:
$148,600
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Pay by Experience Level for Paralegal

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. Paralegals in Charleston, S.C. see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Key Stats for Paralegal

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
050
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Paralegal Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 29%

National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Paralegal Salaries

Legal Research
up arrow 21%

Typing
up arrow 16%

Document Management
up arrow 15%

Office Administration
up arrow 14%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 12%

Client Interaction
up arrow 11%

Document Preparation
up arrow 7%


Medical Records
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000

Knowledge Discovery
up arrow 3%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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