Senior Paralegal Salary

The average pay for a Senior Paralegal is $70,200 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Contract Negotiation and Corporate. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$46,428 - $93,224
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$70K
$93K
MEDIAN: $70,200
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$17.80 - $41.57
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MEDIAN: $28.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$46,428 - $93,224  
   
Bonus
$1,029 - $10,287  
Profit Sharing
$1,216 - $17,754  
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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$44,828 - $97,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 743
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.80 - $41.57  
   
Overtime
$29.82 - $72.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,029 - $10,287  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,216 - $17,754  
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).
)
$44,828 - $97,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 203
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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

  • Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts or preparing legal documents.
  • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • 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.

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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

National Average: $69,139

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Key Stats for Senior Paralegal

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 170 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Senior Paralegal Salaries

▲8%

▲4%

National Average
$69,000

▼8%

▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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