$54,068
Avg. Salary
$22.15
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,918

Bonus

$2,432

Profit Sharing

$10,600

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Litigation Paralegal is $22.15 per hour.

The average pay for a Litigation Paralegal is $54,068 per year.

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MEDIAN $54,068
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$0$75K
Salary $38,550 - $74,842
Bonus $306 - $5,121
Profit Sharing $1,184 - $6,082
Commission $10,600
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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$36,266 - $75,644
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,072
Hourly Data $0$54
Hourly Rate $15.30 - $32.86
Overtime $22.97 - $54.52
Annual Data $0$75K
Bonus $306 - $5,121
Commission $10,600
Profit Sharing $1,184 - $6,082
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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$36,266 - $75,644
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 494

Job Description for Litigation Paralegal

The litigation paralegal performs several important duties in the litigation process. One of their primary tasks is document handling; on a day-to-day basis, they must organize, coordinate, and file necessary documents for the attorney to access. The paralegal also acts as the liaison among all involved parties of a case, including witnesses, the court, and clients. The litigation paralegal also performs a number of tasks under the supervision of attorneys, such as preparing materials for court, conducting research, and preparing for depositions. They may also be required to do a range of administrative tasks such as filing paper work, photocopying, and preparing motions for the court. The litigation paralegal is responsible for the upkeep of client files; they make new files for new clients and discard the files of those clients whose cases are closed.

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Common Career Paths for Litigation Paralegal


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There are some Litigation Paralegals — though it's uncommon — that transition into Attorneys, where earnings are an average $81K annually. Given that the median pay is $42K, it may be surprising to find that a Paralegal is the most common role for Litigation Paralegals to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Senior Paralegal role — which pays $61K — is also typical for Litigation Paralegals, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Paralegal


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Complex Litigation Case Management, Data Analysis, Microsoft Word, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Medical Records, Microsoft Office, and Drafting Correspondence. The majority of those who know Document Preparation also know Complex Litigation Case Management, Knowledge Discovery, and Document Management. People who know Litigation Case Management usually also know Knowledge Discovery.

Pay by Experience Level for Litigation Paralegal

Pay by Experience for a Litigation Paralegal has a positive trend. An entry-level Litigation Paralegal with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 271 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Litigation Paralegal with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 216 salaries. An experienced Litigation Paralegal which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 250 salaries. A Litigation Paralegal with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 163 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

22%

19%

13%

4%

3%

-5%

National Average: $52,912

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Litigation Paralegals, 27 percent above the national average. Litigation Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+24 percent), Philadelphia (+23 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and Washington (+19 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Cleveland. Workers in Raleigh and Tulsa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

Litigation Paralegal Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Litigation Paralegal?

Litigation Paralegal in Ann Arbor:
"Love working in A2."
Pros: Challenging work sometimes.
Cons: No policies. Not treated with respect. Boundary issues.

Litigation Paralegal in Olympia:
"Think to the future."
Be sure to work in a field which you enjoy.

Litigation Paralegal in Charlotte:
"The management."
Pros: I like that I am given the responsibility of my own pipeline to manager with my attorney. I'm able to interact with outside counsel and business teams to research different claims that we defend.
Cons: Theres not a lot of time to build new skills.

Litigation Paralegal in Atlanta:
"Don't Overheat, Prioritize."
Time management and the ability to prioritize are essential. Attention to detail is to being a paralegal as cleanliness is to godliness. You'll learn more in a small firm but feel unappreciated. Whereas in a big firm you'll feel unimportant. The working relationship you develop with your supervising attorney will ultimately define who you are at the firm. Know your lawyer.

Litigation Paralegal in San Antonio:
"Fully vet the area of law practiced by the Firm."
Don't choose a position because it's convenient. Ensure the work you'll perform is meaningful, substantive, and something you'll enjoy for a long time, and ensure you'll get along with and enjoy the people you'll work with.

Litigation Paralegal in Seattle:
"Don't Stop Learning."
When in doubt, ask; never assume you know how to handle a particular situation as this can change from case to case - confirm with your attorney; always look to improve/update your skill set.

Litigation Paralegal in Johnson City:
"Litigation/Transactional Para Legal Success Guidline."
To many to list, most likely need to write a book.

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Key Stats for Litigation Paralegal

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 295 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Experience Affects Litigation Paralegal Salaries

▲19%

▲12%

▼0%

National Average
$53,000

▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 295 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 21%