Senior Paralegal Salary

The average pay for a Senior Paralegal is $66,079 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Intellectual Property (IP), Corporate, and Contract Negotiation. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$44,558 - $90,661
(Median)
$45K
$66K
$91K
MEDIAN: $66,079
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$18.53 - $41.20
(Median)
$19
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$41
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$44,558 - $90,661  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,741  
Profit Sharing
$994 - $7,500  
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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$44,309 - $95,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,334
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$18.53 - $41.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$29.00 - $67.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,741  
   
Profit Sharing
$994 - $7,500  
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).
)
$44,309 - $95,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 323
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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

National Average: $67,585

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Experience Affects Senior Paralegal Salaries



National Average
$68,000



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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National Average
$68,000

Legal Research
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Litigation Case Management
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Document Management
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Drafting Correspondence
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 334 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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