Mid-Career Paralegal Salary

Mid-Career Paralegals take home an average $46K per year. The range in cash compensation to Mid-Career Paralegals ($31K to $64K) includes potential earnings of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Most Mid-Career Paralegals report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (88 percent) of Mid-Career Paralegals who took the survey are female. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and a little less than one-half have dental, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$32,783 - $63,858
(Median)
$33K
$46K
$64K
MEDIAN: $46,016
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$13.87 - $27.27
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,783 - $63,858  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,985  
Profit Sharing
$518 - $5,059  
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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$31,339 - $63,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,845
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.87 - $27.27  
   
Overtime
$19.85 - $46.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,985  
   
Profit Sharing
$518 - $5,059  
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).
)
$31,339 - $63,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,447
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Pay Difference by Location


For Mid-Career Paralegals, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Mid-Career Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+38 percent), New York (+22 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tampa.

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Skills That Affect Mid-Career Paralegal Salaries


Document Management
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Litigation Case Management
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Real Estate
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Legal Research
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Document Preparation
0%

Knowledge Discovery
0%

National Average
$45,000

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Medical Records
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Case Management
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Drafting Correspondence
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 801 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 29%
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