Mid-Career Paralegal Salary

Mid-Career Paralegals can expect wages of $47K per year on average. Overall cash earnings of Mid-Career Paralegals stretch from $32K near the bottom to $65K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and nearly one-half have dental insurance. Female Mid-Career Paralegals far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$33,650 - $64,962
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$65K
MEDIAN: $46,626
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$13.96 - $27.63
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,650 - $64,962  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,996  
Profit Sharing
$740 - $5,140  
Commission
$1,700  
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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$31,710 - $64,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,196
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.96 - $27.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.44  
Overtime
$20.30 - $47.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,996  
   
Commission
$1,700  
Profit Sharing
$740 - $5,140  
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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$31,710 - $64,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,624
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,416

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Mid-Career Paralegals, 40 percent higher than the national average. Mid-Career Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+39 percent), New York (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and Minneapolis (+18 percent). Tampa is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average.

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Skills That Affect Paralegal Salaries


Legal Research
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Litigation Case Management
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Real Estate
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Document Management
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Knowledge Discovery
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National Average
$45,000

Document Preparation
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Drafting Correspondence
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 875 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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