Litigation Paralegal Salary

Litigation Paralegals in the United States can expect wages of $54K annually on average. In the world of Litigation Paralegals, overall income ranges from $35K near the bottom to $75K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. Most Litigation Paralegals like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Litigation Paralegals (86 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$37,911 - $74,442
$38K
$54K
$74K
MEDIAN: $53,514
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50%
90%

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$14.96 - $32.06
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$22
$32
MEDIAN: $22.00
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$0$75K
Salary $37,911 - $74,442
Bonus $254 - $5,147
Profit Sharing $1,440 - $6,800
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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$35,803 - $75,400
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 590
Hourly Data $0$55
Hourly Rate $14.96 - $32.06
Overtime $23.51 - $55.86
Annual Data $0$75K
Bonus $254 - $5,147
Commission $10,600
Profit Sharing $1,440 - $6,800
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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$35,803 - $75,400
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 249

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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Litigation Paralegal Tasks

  • Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts or preparing legal documents.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • 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.

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

National Average: $52,676

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 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.

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Key Stats for Litigation Paralegal

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 141 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
23%

Experience Affects Litigation Paralegal Salaries

▲20%

▲12%

▼0%

National Average
$53,000

▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 21%