Paralegals in Charleston may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $39K annually. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although the greater part have medical coverage and just under one-half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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MEDIAN: $39,208
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,691 - $54,631  
   
Bonus
$125.00 - $2,750  
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$27,459 - $53,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$15.13  
   
Overtime
$28.80  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$125.00 - $2,750  
   
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$27,459 - $53,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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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:
$293,500
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.


For Paralegals in Charleston, S.C., more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Paralegal Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%


Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Paralegal Salaries

Legal Research
up arrow 19%

Typing
up arrow 18%

Office Administration
up arrow 15%

Client Interaction
up arrow 12%

Document Management
up arrow 12%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 12%

Document Preparation
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%


Medical Records
up arrow 3%

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 7 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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