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Senior Paralegal Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Senior Paralegal is $64,680 per year. A skill in Contract Negotiation is associated with high pay for this job. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Senior Paralegal Salary (?
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$42,937 - $88,614
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MEDIAN: $64,680
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Senior Paralegal Salary (?
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$18.15 - $40.31
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$42,937 - $88,614  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,796  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $7,973  
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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$42,831 - $93,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 970
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.15 - $40.31  
   
Overtime
$29.78 - $63.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,796  
   
Profit Sharing
$985 - $7,973  
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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$42,831 - $93,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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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

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Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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National Average
$66,000
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Experience Affects Senior Paralegal Salaries

National Average
$66,000

Skills That Affect Senior Paralegal Salaries

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Legal Document Review
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Complex Litigation Case Management
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Document Management
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$66,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%