Mid-Career Paralegal Salary

Median pay for Mid-Career Paralegals is around $47K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $5K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $32K and hits $65K on the high end. The vast majority of Mid-Career Paralegals (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and one-half claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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 (?
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$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 (?
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$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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For Mid-Career Paralegals, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Mid-Career Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+39 percent), New York (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and Minneapolis (+18 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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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