The average pay for a Senior Paralegal is $63,900 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Senior Paralegal Total Pay (?
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$42,116 - $87,335
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MEDIAN: $63,900
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Senior Paralegal Total Pay (?
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$18.00 - $39.97
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$42,116 - $87,335  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,544  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $8,154  
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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$42,544 - $92,263  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,011
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.00 - $39.97  
   
Overtime
$28.07 - $63.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,544  
   
Profit Sharing
$988 - $8,154  
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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$42,544 - $92,263  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,011
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Job Description for Senior Paralegal
A senior paralegal position normally exists either within larger legal practices or the legal department of large corporations. It is distinguished from entry-level paralegal work by the amount of expertise within the field necessary to hold the position, as well as a proven ability to manage a wide variety of tasks beyond those present at the entry level. Senior paralegals are often trusted with highly sensitive documentation, research and reporting, and are expected to maintain high levels of confidentiality as a result. In larger firms, senior paralegals fill a supervisory position, and may have a staff of legal assistants working under them. The job of hiring these assistants, or at minimum, giving their initial interviews and screenings may fall to the senior paralegals.
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Senior Paralegal Tasks
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents.
  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, maintain document file and file pleadings with court clerk.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts and real estate closing statements.
  • Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts or preparing legal documents.
  • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Paralegal
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Boston
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Seattle
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Chicago
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Washington
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Denver
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Philadelphia
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Phoenix
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National Average
$66,000
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Minneapolis
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Experience Affects Senior Paralegal Salaries

National Average
$66,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Paralegal Salaries

Legal Compliance
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Complex Litigation Case Management
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Legal Research
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National Average
$66,000
Litigation Case Management
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Document Preparation
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Drafting Correspondence
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Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni
Years of Experience
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
34%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 17%
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