Press Release

ALM Announces the Release of The 2021 ALM/IPMA Annual Compensation Survey Results

New York, NY – December 9, 2021 – In collaboration with The International Practice Management Association (IPMA), ALM Intelligence is pleased to announce the release of the results of its annual Compensation Survey for Paralegals, Practice Support Professionals, and Managers. The report, which contains detailed salary and benefits data arranged in an easy-to-understand format, is a valuable tool for law firms and legal departments looking to attract, motivate and retain top talent.

Highlights from this year’s report include:

  • Paralegal Managers earned an average annual bonus of $16,872, while Paralegal Directors earned an average annual bonus of $33,655.
  • Paralegals billed 1,370 hours on average at an average rate of $300 per hour.
  • The average billing rate for Paralegals is highest in the Pacific region at $347 per hour and lowest in the East South Central region at $188 per hour.
  • The average base compensation for Litigation Support/Technology/eDiscovery Directors and Managers is $98 per hour.

“Through our partnership with IPMA, we produce this industry-leading report that enables law firms and legal departments to benchmark their compensation packages, said Michelle Matroni, Sr. Research Manager and Legal Rankings Lead, ALM Intelligence. It helps ensure they are attracting & retaining the best support staff possible.” 

The data in this report is from a survey conducted from mid-June to late September 2021. A total of 71 organizations responded, encompassing a total of 5,101 positions. The report is the essential guide to compensation for paralegals and other practice support professionals.

To purchase the report, visit: ALM/IPMA Annual Compensation Survey for Paralegals, Practice Support Professionals, and Managers

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