"legal research," "litigation," and "law firm" aren't the only skills we found senior paralegals list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of senior paralegal responsibilities that we found, including:
See the full list of senior paralegal skills.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a senior paralegal. We found that 55.0% of senior paralegals have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 7.3% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most senior paralegals have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every seven senior paralegals were not college graduates.
Those senior paralegals who do attend college, typically earn either legal support services degrees or business degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for senior paralegals include political science degrees or law degrees.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a senior paralegal. We've found that most senior paralegal resumes include experience from The Walt Disney Company, Pacific Architects and Engineers, and Nonprofit Finance Fund. Of recent, The Walt Disney Company had 28 positions open for senior paralegals. Meanwhile, there are 16 job openings at Pacific Architects and Engineers and 10 at Nonprofit Finance Fund.
Since salary is important to some senior paralegals, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Amazon, Workday, and Visa. If you were to take a closer look at Amazon, you'd find that the average senior paralegal salary is $95,761. Then at Workday, senior paralegals receive an average salary of $95,638, while the salary at Visa is $94,578.
View more details on senior paralegal salaries across the United States.
Some other companies you might be interested in as a senior paralegal include Fragomen, Law Office, and Pauls. These three companies were found to hire the most senior paralegals from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
For the most part, senior paralegals make their living in the professional and media industries. Senior paralegals tend to make the most in the finance industry with an average salary of $69,879. The senior paralegal annual salary in the professional and manufacturing industries generally make $66,980 and $63,938 respectively. Additionally, senior paralegals who work in the finance industry make 71.4% more than senior paralegals in the hospitality Industry.