Paralegal Manager Salary

With about three-fifths of Paralegal Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $38K to $108K per year and averages out to $65K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although more than half have medical coverage and just over two-fifths have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,890 - $103,795
(Median)
$41K
$65K
$100K
MEDIAN: $65,319
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$15.21 - $29.52
(Median)
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$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,890 - $103,795  
   
Bonus
$247.17 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$37,725 - $107,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $29.52  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $93.60  
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$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$247.17 - $10,174  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$37,725 - $107,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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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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 report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know People Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 79 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Research and Legal Document Review.

Pay by Experience Level for Paralegal Manager

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $45K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $55K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Paralegal Managers make a median salary of $64K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $71K.

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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 15%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Skills That Affect Paralegal Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 79%

National Average
$62,000

Legal Document Review
up arrow 13%

Legal Research
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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