Average Legal Researcher Salary
$54,000 yearly
$26.17 hourly
Updated August 18, 2021
$25,000
10 %
$54,000
Median
$117,000
90 %
What Is The Average Legal Researcher Salary?
The average legal researcher salary is $54,431 per year, or $26.17 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $25,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $117,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, and New Jersey provide the highest legal researcher salaries.
PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$117,000
$9,750
$56
75th Percentile
$81,000
$6,750
$39
Average
$54,431
$4,536
$26
25th Percentile
$36,000
$3,000
$17
10th Percentile
$25,000
$2,083
$12

Average Legal Researcher Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where legal researchers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Legal Researcher average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
$40,566
$19.50
Alaska
$35,119
$16.88
Arizona
$54,999
$26.44
Arkansas
$32,439
$15.60
California
$54,784
$26.34
Colorado
$43,758
$21.04
Connecticut
$67,711
$32.55
Delaware
$47,373
$22.78
District of Columbia
$62,537
$30.07
Florida
$43,239
$20.79
Georgia
$42,494
$20.43
Hawaii
$30,937
$14.87
Idaho
$35,179
$16.91
Illinois
$52,261
$25.13
Indiana
$36,921
$17.75
Iowa
$42,156
$20.27
Kansas
$32,572
$15.66
Kentucky
$37,335
$17.95
Louisiana
$39,835
$19.15
Maine
$45,569
$21.91
Maryland
$48,847
$23.48
Massachusetts
$68,199
$32.79
Michigan
$41,853
$20.12
Minnesota
$45,609
$21.93
Mississippi
$36,631
$17.61
Missouri
$42,196
$20.29
Montana
$28,773
$13.83
Nebraska
$37,316
$17.94
Nevada
$51,597
$24.81
New Hampshire
$56,626
$27.22
New Jersey
$60,995
$29.32
New Mexico
$48,532
$23.33
New York
$64,117
$30.83
North Carolina
$39,205
$18.85
North Dakota
$44,893
$21.58
Ohio
$40,239
$19.35
Oklahoma
$35,319
$16.98
Oregon
$45,367
$21.81
Pennsylvania
$50,758
$24.40
Rhode Island
$52,993
$25.48
South Carolina
$32,526
$15.64
South Dakota
$37,205
$17.89
Tennessee
$39,658
$19.07
Texas
$48,209
$23.18
Utah
$34,913
$16.79
Vermont
$62,419
$30.01
Virginia
$60,611
$29.14
Washington
$42,554
$20.46
West Virginia
$40,156
$19.31
Wisconsin
$48,307
$23.22
Wyoming
$31,530
$15.16

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Highest Paying Cities For Legal Researcher

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Boston, MA
$68,173
$32.78
West Haven, CT
$67,868
$32.63
New York, NY
$63,998
$30.77
Reston, VA
$62,588
$30.09
Washington, DC
$62,332
$29.97
Oakland, CA
$59,798
$28.75

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Average Legal Researcher Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $54,400
    $26.17
    +1.4%
    2020
    $53,700
    $25.81
    +0.9%
    2019
    $53,200
    $25.57
    +2.0%
    2018
    $52,100
    $25.07
    +0.7%
    2017
    $51,800
    $24.88
    +0.6%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Contract Attorney

    Avg. salary: $82,804

    A contract attorney is responsible for handling their clients' legal issues and settling cases by researching, analyzing, and collecting essential files that would support the clients' claims. Contract attorneys usually work for private clients without being permanently employed in a law firm or government agency. Contract attorneys represent clients at court, assist with law proceedings, and advise clients for the necessary legal procedures. A contract attorney must have excellent communication and critical-thinking skills to manage client legal matters and expertise in traditional disciplines and processes.
    7,803 Contract Attorney Jobs
    Staff Attorney

    Avg. salary: $96,402

    Staff Attorneys are legal employees who work for a variety of organizations, often as full-time employees. They use their legal expertise to help deal with day-to-day legal issues with which their organization needs regular assistance.
    41,786 Staff Attorney Jobs
    Attorney

    Avg. salary: $108,074

    Generally, an attorney's responsibility is to advise the client with an ongoing lawsuit on the legal procedures and provide strategies to resolve the case as early as possible. An attorney compiles necessary documents or any records for appeal and client's defense. Attorneys must acquire strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to mediate disputes and settle pending litigation for the client's best interest. In some cases, an attorney's procedure depends on any evidence and research presented during the trial period. An attorney is expected to present clients on legal proceedings, seeking justice and justifying the law.
    8,302 Attorney Jobs
    Attorney At Law

    Avg. salary: $97,859

    An Attorney at Law is responsible for preparing and examining contracts involving leases, licenses, purchases, sales, etc. They advise clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, or legal rights and obligations.
    5,568 Attorney At Law Jobs
    Corporate Counsel

    Avg. salary: $121,997

    A Corporate Counsel, also known as a corporate lawyer, works for a business or company providing legal advice to the employer. They usually work in the employers main office, but also can travel to participate in meetings, trials, and other legal proceedings.
    11,790 Corporate Counsel Jobs
    Litigation Attorney

    Avg. salary: $141,870

    A Litigation Attorney manages all phases of the litigation process from investigation and pleading to trial, settlement, and appeal. They also question witnesses, victims, and others involved in cases.
    5,068 Litigation Attorney Jobs

    Which Companies Pay Legal Researchers The Most?

    To earn a high income as a legal researcher, working for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett or Mayer Brown might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Seyfarth Shaw and Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. report highly competitive wages for legal researchers.
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    Recently Added Legal Researcher Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Special Counsel
    Legal Researcher
    Legal Researcher
    Minneapolis, MN
    07/09/2021
    $31,305
    07/09/2021
    UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
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    Legal Research and Writing Instructor for AY
    Los Angeles, CA
    05/12/2021
    $85,000
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    UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
    Legal Research and Writing Instructor for AY
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    Los Angeles, CA
    05/12/2021
    $85,000
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    Taitt Law, P.A.
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    Orlando, FL
    02/04/2021
    $62,500
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    Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa
    Legal Research Attorney
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    Martinez, CA
    11/20/2020
    $93,214
    11/20/2020
    The University of Alabama
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    Tuscaloosa, AL
    10/17/2020
    $46,634
    10/17/2020
    Law Offices of Dennis Dascanio, APC
    Legal Research Associate
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    Santa Ana, CA
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    $55,016
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    $50,234
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    Average Legal Researcher Salary by Demographic

    Legal Researcher Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $53,831
    female-income
    Female Income
    $49,377
    Median Legal Researcher Income by Race
    Asian legal researchers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american legal researchers have the lowest average salary at $47,816.
    $58,000
    $56,000
    $54,000
    $52,000
    $50,000
    $48,000
    $46,000
    Unknown
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Unknown$51,644
    White$53,058
    Black or African American$47,816
    Asian$57,312
    Hispanic or Latino$48,190
    Average Legal Researcher Salary by Education Level
    $54,000
    $53,000
    $52,000
    $51,000
    $50,000
    $49,000
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$53,831
    Doctorate Degree$49,963