Average Mid-Career Senior Paralegals make around $63K annually. Mid-Career Senior Paralegals who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 83 percent. While some workers in this profession — between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Mid-Career Senior Paralegals, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$45,057 - $89,398
(Median)
$45K
$63K
$89K
MEDIAN: $62,556
10%
50%
90%

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$18.35 - $39.98
(Median)
$18
$28
$40
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$45,057 - $89,398  
   
Bonus
$992 - $9,788  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
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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$43,245 - $91,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$18.35 - $39.98  
   
Overtime
$25.75 - $70.51  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$992 - $9,788  
   
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
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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$43,245 - $91,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,843

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For Mid-Career Senior Paralegals, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Mid-Career Senior Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), San Diego (+4 percent), and New York (+1 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Houston is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Atlanta (12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Senior Paralegal Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 27%

Corporate
up arrow 9%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 9%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 3%

National Average
$64,000

Contract Management
up arrow 1%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 4%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 4%

Complex Litigation Case Management
up arrow 4%

Document Preparation
up arrow 8%

Legal Research
up arrow 8%

Case Management
up arrow 10%

Document Management
up arrow 10%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 12%

Client Interaction
up arrow 23%

Office Administration
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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