Paralegal Manager Salary

Paralegal Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $65K per year on average but can range from $37K to $106K per year. Most Paralegal Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in four — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,920 - $101,338
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$65K
$100K
MEDIAN: $65,383
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$15.29 - $30.22
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,920 - $101,338  
   
Bonus
$251.11 - $10,108  
Profit Sharing
$2,916 - $5,139  
Total Pay (?
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$37,358 - $105,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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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$37,358 - $105,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.

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Compensation may take a strong hit for Paralegal Managers who move to positions like Paralegal. Paralegals usually make $41K.

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Paralegal Managers usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know People Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 86 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $46K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $52K. Paralegal Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $63K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $71K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Paralegal Manager Advice

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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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$59,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Paralegal Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 86%

National Average
$59,000

Legal Research
up arrow 10%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 26%
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