Mid-Career Senior Paralegals pull down an average of $62K annually. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. The vast majority of Mid-Career Senior Paralegals (84 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$44,647 - $87,900
$45K
$62K
$88K
MEDIAN: $62,273
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$18.57 - $39.16
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MEDIAN: $27.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,647 - $87,900  
   
Bonus
$1,017 - $9,934  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$42,946 - $90,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$18.57 - $39.16  
   
Overtime
$18.18 - $71.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,017 - $9,934  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$42,946 - $90,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 56

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,493

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Mid-Career Senior Paralegals, 65 percent higher than the national average. Mid-Career Senior Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), New York (+14 percent), and San Diego (+4 percent). In Houston, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Atlanta and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

Key Stats for Senior Paralegal

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
065
5-9 years
66%
10-19 years
34%
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Skills That Affect Senior Paralegal Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 28%

Corporate
up arrow 12%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 12%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 4%

Contract Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$63,000

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 4%

Complex Litigation Case Management
up arrow 5%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 6%

Document Preparation
up arrow 7%

Legal Research
up arrow 8%

Case Management
up arrow 11%

Document Management
up arrow 11%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 12%

Office Administration
up arrow 21%

Client Interaction
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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