Senior Paralegal Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Senior Paralegal is $64,626 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Contract Negotiation, Real Estate, and Corporate. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Senior Paralegal Total Pay (?
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$42,546 - $88,775
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MEDIAN: $64,626
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Senior Paralegal Total Pay (?
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$18.18 - $40.59
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$42,546 - $88,775  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,700  
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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$42,764 - $94,588  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.18 - $40.59  
   
Overtime
$29.52 - $63.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,700  
   
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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$42,764 - $94,588  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,147
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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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Dallas
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Washington
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San Diego
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Denver
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$67,000
Houston
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Minneapolis
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Senior Paralegal Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Senior Paralegal in Pittsburgh:
"Find A Mentor."
If you just graduated from a paralegal certificate program, you will not know what you need to know to get the job done. Find a mentor and study with them. You will not regret that advice.

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Experience Affects Senior Paralegal Salaries

National Average
$67,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Paralegal Salaries

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Real Estate
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Legal Compliance
up arrow 4%
Intellectual Property (IP)
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Complex Litigation Case Management
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Document Management
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Legal Research
0%
National Average
$67,000
Litigation Case Management
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Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 3%
Document Preparation
up arrow 4%
Office Administration
up arrow 18%

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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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 17%
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