Paralegal Manager Salary

Approximately three-fifths of Paralegal Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $37K to $106K per year, but median earnings come to around $66K per year. Roughly a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. Most Paralegal Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,045 - $101,217
(Median)
$40K
$66K
$100K
MEDIAN: $65,633
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$15.29 - $30.22
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$15
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,045 - $101,217  
   
Bonus
$251.11 - $10,108  
Profit Sharing
$2,916 - $5,139  
Total Pay (?
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$37,396 - $105,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$15.29 - $30.22  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $92.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$251.11 - $10,108  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,916 - $5,139  
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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$37,396 - $105,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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Job Description for Paralegal Manager

  • Hire and evaluate subordinate employees, train in company policies and procedures.
  • Manage work flow of paralegals and paralegal supervisors in order to meet deadlines.
  • Research, analyze legal investigations and prepare legal documents.

Common Career Paths for Paralegal Manager


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Paralegal Managers may experience a deep cut in pay as they move into an upper-level role like Paralegal. That position usually brings in $41K.

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Paralegal Managers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know People Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 85 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Legal Document Review and Legal Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Paralegal Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Paralegal Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $46K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $53K. On average, Paralegal Managers make $63K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $71K.

Paralegal Manager Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Paralegal Manager in Chicago:
"Don't be afraid to hire your replacement."
Hire those who may do your job as well as you. These talented employees help build a depth of knowledge on your team. Mentoring and developing these employees help advance the team, organization and yourself personally. When you develop talented individuals by creating stretch opportunities and allow them to take on increasing responsibility you will eventually see a shift in your capacity and be able to turn your attention to developing your next career steps. When you are prepared to take the next steps in your career at your organization you will be able to transition easier as you've slowly trained your potential replacement and built a wealth of knowledge on your team.

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Experience Affects Paralegal Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$60,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Paralegal Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 85%

National Average
$60,000

Legal Document Review
up arrow 11%

Legal Research
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 26%
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