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Senior Paralegal Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$69,000
$48,000
$69,000
$99,000
The average senior paralegal makes about $69,883 per year. That's $33.6 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $48,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $99,000. Many of senior paralegals seem to be drawn to professional and manufacturing companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case senior paralegals tend to work at professional, finance, and manufacturing companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Washington, Louisiana and Nevada pay senior paralegals the highest salaries.
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Map of Senior Paralegal Salaries

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

Average Salary

Average Senior Paralegal Salary By Location

While a senior paralegal can average a salary of $69,883 per year, or $33.6 per hour, there are many opportunities for senior paralegals to make more. For example, in San Francisco, CA you might make $87,523 per year. Other high-paying locations include Washington, DC, Seattle, WA and New York, NY. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Francisco, CA where the average starting salary is $48,000. The highest paying states for senior paralegals include Washington, Louisiana and Nevada. Meanwhile, Arizona, Vermont, and North Dakota offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$87,523
$88k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$83,259
$83k
Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
$81,943
$82k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$75,233
$75k
Littleton, CO
Littleton, CO
$74,356
$74k
Medford, OR
Medford, OR
$73,869
$74k
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD
$71,827
$72k
North Chicago, IL
North Chicago, IL
$71,215
$71k
Woonsocket, RI
Woonsocket, RI
$70,275
$70k
Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee, WI
$68,549
$69k

High Paying Senior Paralegal Jobs

Average Senior Paralegal Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a senior paralegal, being employed by a company such as Bayer or Abbott would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like The Walt Disney Company and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz also report highly competitive salaries for senior paralegals.

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Senior Paralegal Salary History

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    Average Senior Paralegal Pay By Industry

    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 professional, finance, and manufacturing companies. In fact, senior paralegals can make a yearly salary of $77,968 while working for professional companies.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Professional
    Professional
    $77,968
    $78k
    Finance
    Finance
    $73,005
    $73k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $71,926
    $72k
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $55,747
    $56k
    Government
    Government
    $52,810
    $53k

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    $80,000
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    Senior Paralegal-Employment/Personnel & Civil Rights
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    $64,272
    $64,272
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    $77,219
    $77,219
    06/16/2020
    Kind Inc.
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    Baltimore, MD
    Baltimore, MD
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    $48,000
    $48,000
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