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Mid-Career Paralegal Salary (United States)

Median pay for Mid-Career Paralegals lies in the neighborhood of $45K per year. Overall cash earnings for Mid-Career Paralegals vary widely between $31K and $63K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Female Mid-Career Paralegals far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Mid-Career Paralegals report high levels of job satisfaction. Although the larger part have medical coverage and slightly less than one-half have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Mid-Career Paralegal Salary (?
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$32,216 - $63,151
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $45,325
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Mid-Career Paralegal Salary (?
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$13.66 - $26.96
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,216 - $63,151  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,959  
Profit Sharing
$516 - $5,079  
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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$30,999 - $63,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,696
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.66 - $26.96  
   
Overtime
$20.28 - $46.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,959  
   
Profit Sharing
$516 - $5,079  
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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$30,999 - $63,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,300
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For those looking to make money, Mid-Career Paralegals in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Mid-Career Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and Minneapolis (+16 percent). Tampa is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 percent.
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Skills That Affect Mid-Career Paralegal Salaries

Litigation Case Management
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Legal Research
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Knowledge Discovery
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National Average
$45,000
Document Preparation
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Medical Records
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Drafting Correspondence
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 838 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 29%