Median pay for Mid-Career Paralegals lies in the neighborhood of $48K annually. The range in cash compensation to Mid-Career Paralegals ($33K to $66K) includes potential earnings of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Although a majority have medical coverage and roughly one-half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Mid-Career Paralegals like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up the vast majority of Mid-Career Paralegals (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,030 - $66,163
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,206
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$14.32 - $28.74
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$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,030 - $66,163  
   
Bonus
$251.87 - $5,104  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $5,212  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$32,776 - $66,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,995
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.32 - $28.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20  
Overtime
$22.42 - $50.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$251.87 - $5,104  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $5,212  
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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$32,776 - $66,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,042
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,568

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For those looking to make money, Mid-Career Paralegals in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Mid-Career Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+33 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Chicago (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Workers in Tampa and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less).

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Skills That Affect Paralegal Salaries


Legal Research
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$47,000

Litigation Case Management
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 489 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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