Updated August 18, 2021
Average Senior Paralegal Salary
$54,000 yearly
$26.19 hourly

Entry level Salary
$37,000 yearly
$37,000
10 %
$54,000
Median
$79,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$79,000$6,583$38
75th Percentile$66,000$5,500$32
Average$54,465$4,539$26
25th Percentile$44,000$3,667$21
10th Percentile$37,000$3,083$18

Average Senior Paralegal Salary By State

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Senior Paralegal average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$45,165$21.7117
Alaska$59,051$28.3911
Arizona$48,078$23.1152
Arkansas$46,365$22.2921
California$65,421$31.45358
Colorado$52,236$25.1180
Connecticut$64,488$31.0017
Delaware$52,065$25.037
District of Columbia$52,093$25.04131
Florida$51,508$24.76322
Georgia$51,048$24.54134
Hawaii$56,646$27.239
Idaho$51,859$24.937
Illinois$53,929$25.93123
Indiana$40,501$19.4723
Iowa$45,283$21.7724
Kansas$52,990$25.486
Kentucky$41,691$20.0417
Louisiana$48,283$23.2115
Maine$54,693$26.298
Maryland$44,867$21.5751
Massachusetts$57,890$27.83112
Michigan$47,998$23.0869
Minnesota$51,177$24.6070
Mississippi$50,319$24.1919
Missouri$51,142$24.5948
Montana$44,296$21.3010
Nebraska$49,244$23.6816
Nevada$61,922$29.7712
New Hampshire$58,504$28.134
New Jersey$52,012$25.0181
New Mexico$49,559$23.837
New York$57,771$27.77173
North Carolina$44,294$21.3063
North Dakota$44,323$21.3119
Ohio$43,593$20.9648
Oklahoma$46,681$22.444
Oregon$64,753$31.1330
Pennsylvania$46,523$22.3789
Rhode Island$59,086$28.418
South Carolina$38,298$18.4126
South Dakota$39,733$19.104
Tennessee$42,109$20.2454
Texas$47,591$22.88182
Utah$51,153$24.5914
Vermont$47,752$22.965
Virginia$40,548$19.4991
Washington$69,457$33.39107
West Virginia$49,210$23.6627
Wisconsin$47,762$22.9627
Wyoming$49,894$23.9912

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Highest Paying Cities For Senior Paralegal

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
Seattle, WA$70,006$33.66
Portland, OR$64,312$30.92
Los Angeles, CA$63,002$30.29
Boston, MA$58,098$27.93
New York, NY$57,781$27.78
Chicago, IL$54,080$26.00

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How much does a Senior Paralegal make?

The average Senior Paralegal salary is $54,465 per year, or $26.19 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $37,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $79,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, California, Oregon, Connecticut, and Nevada provide the highest Senior Paralegal salaries.

Average Senior Paralegal Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$54,500$26.19+1.0%
    2021$53,900$25.91+1.8%
    2020$52,900$25.44+1.4%
    2019$52,200$25.09+0.9%
    2018$51,700$24.85+1.6%

    How Much Do Senior Paralegals Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a Senior Paralegal can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for Senior Paralegals tend to be found in Energy, Technology, and Professional companies. In fact, Senior Paralegals can make a yearly salary of $68,161 while working for Energy companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Senior Paralegal SalarySenior Paralegal Salary Range
    1Energy
    $68,161
    $50k
    $81k
    2Technology
    $62,823
    $50k
    $81k
    3Professional
    $61,559
    $50k
    $81k
    4Hospitality
    $60,904
    $50k
    $81k
    5Manufacturing
    $58,056
    $50k
    $81k

    High Paying Senior Paralegal Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Legal Administrator

    Avg. salary: $47,028

    The job of legal administrative assistants is to provide support to lawyers and paralegals. They typically perform legal research, manage schedules, and draft legal-related documents. Other duties include interpreting laws, regulations, and rulings in legal documents, obtaining information from other agencies or organizations, and preparing management and legal reports. In addition, legal administrative assistants are responsible for updating and maintaining databases and ensuring to provide effective administrative assistance. They are also expected to schedule client meetings and court hearings.
    55,125 Legal Administrator Jobs
    Law Clerk

    Avg. salary: $53,594

    Law clerks are employees in a legal firm who handle clerical tasks for the office. They handle the office's official phone lines, answering incoming calls, and making outgoing calls. They also field office correspondence, often receiving incoming mail and distributing them to their addressees. They manage office documents and ensure that they are correctly filed and labeled in their respective storage bins. Law clerks help make office life more comfortable because they make sure that the office is running well. They also manage appointments and office calendars.
    73,580 Law Clerk Jobs
    Legal Clerk

    Avg. salary: $32,145

    A legal clerk is responsible for performing administrative and clerical duties to legal offices and organizations to ensure smooth legal business operations. Legal clerks sort and distribute documents to the appropriate personnel, update information on the database, schedule appointments, respond to clients' inquiries and concerns, and document meeting objectives. They may also coordinate with other offices and institutions to acquire files and research data according to the needs of the managing department. A legal clerk must have excellent communication and organizational skills, especially in monitoring business transactions and submitting reports timely and accurately.
    73,701 Legal Clerk Jobs
    Paralegal Internship

    Avg. salary: $47,905

    A paralegal intern is responsible for assisting the paralegal department of an organization, familiarizing with law standards and legal procedures, and applying law school knowledge on practical applications. Paralegal interns perform various administrative and clerical tasks under the supervision of tenured paralegal staff. They also assist with collecting and processing legal documents, observe court functions and procedures, respond to clients' inquiries and service requests, schedule appointments, research on court appeal cases, verify the accuracy of submitted documents, and coordinate with other law enforcement institutions.
    77,920 Paralegal Internship Jobs
    Real Estate Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $58,921

    A Real Estate Paralegal helps real estate lawyers with a variety of tasks, such as offering advice to clients, doing research, and preparing documents. They collaborate with landlords, housing managers, or other real estate personnel.
    22,258 Real Estate Paralegal Jobs
    Litigation Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $50,725

    A litigation paralegal is a specialist who is responsible for assisting attorneys throughout the trial process. On the plaintiff side, litigation paralegals conduct initial client interviews and legal research for case preparations. They assist with the preliminary examinations of witnesses and jury selection in the courtroom. Litigation paralegals often assist attorneys with case settlements and help identify issues for appeals. They must also possess excellent skills in verbal and written communication and should have great attention in detail.
    3,582 Litigation Paralegal Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Legal Administrator$47,029$3,919$22.6155,125
    Law Clerk$53,594$4,466$25.7773,580
    Legal Clerk$32,145$2,679$15.4573,701
    Paralegal Internship$47,906$3,992$23.0377,920
    Real Estate Paralegal$58,921$4,910$28.3322,258
    Litigation Paralegal$50,726$4,227$24.393,582
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    If you want to get paid the most as a Senior Paralegal, being employed by a company such as Valero Energy or W. R. Grace & Co. would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Intel and Salesforce also report highly competitive salaries for Senior Paralegals.
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    Average Senior Paralegal Salary by Demographic

    Senior Paralegal Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $55,741
    female-income
    Female Income
    $54,860
    GenderIncome
    Male$55,741
    Female$54,860
    Median Senior Paralegal Income by Race
    Asian Senior Paralegals have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian Senior Paralegals have the lowest average salary at $52,426.
    $60,000
    $48,000
    $36,000
    $24,000
    $12,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$53,746
    Black or African American$55,775
    Asian$59,915
    Hispanic or Latino$54,641
    Average Senior Paralegal Salary by Education Level
    Senior Paralegals with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $58,966 annually. With a Bachelors degree, Senior Paralegals earn a median annual income of $56,082 compared to $54,860 for Senior Paralegals with an Associate degree.
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    $48,000
    $36,000
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    High School Diploma or Less
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    EducationSalary
    High School Diploma or Less$54,719
    Some College/ Associate Degree$54,860
    Bachelor's Degree$56,082
    Master's Degree$58,966