Corporate Paralegal Salary (United States)

Corporate Paralegals in the United States usually make around $59,797 annually. Compensation starts at $40,641 and can reach $83,725 per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Corporate Paralegals. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Corporate Paralegal Salary (?
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$40,921 - $79,733
(Median)
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59K
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MEDIAN: $58,863
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Corporate Paralegal Salary (?
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$16.77 - $35.52
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,921 - $79,733  
   
Bonus
$-0.40 - $8,765  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $6,219  
Total Pay (?
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$40,641 - $83,725  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 953
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$16.77 - $35.52  
   
Overtime
$22.69 - $55.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.40 - $8,765  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $6,219  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,641 - $83,725  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 241
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Job Description for Corporate Paralegal

Many large companies have a legal department staffed by attorneys who help ensure that the organization’s business, selling, and hiring practices all adhere to laws. These departments also represent the company in the event of any legal actions. A corporate paralegal typically works in this legal department to assist the attorneys with a variety of tasks.
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Corporate Paralegal Tasks
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents.
  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, maintain document file and file pleadings with court clerk.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts and real estate closing statements.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts or preparing legal documents.

Common Career Paths for Corporate Paralegal

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As Corporate Paralegals make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $17,780 less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Contracts Manager. More commonly, Corporate Paralegals take pay cuts as they move into roles as Paralegal Supervisors or Contract Administrators, making $6,101 or $9,114 less per year, respectively.

Corporate Paralegal Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Corporate Paralegal

Corporate Paralegals report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Organizational Development, Corporate, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Corporate also know Legal Compliance and Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Paralegal

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though starting salaries approximate $50K, they climb to $61K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $66K after one to two decades. Following a couple decades of work, Corporate Paralegals watch their salaries dip to an average of $66K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 18 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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San Francisco
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Dallas
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Los Angeles
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Atlanta
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Minneapolis
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Denver
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Chicago
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Seattle
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Boston
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National Average
$60,000
Jacksonville
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Surpassing the national average by 13 percent, Corporate Paralegals in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like San Francisco, Dallas, New York, and Los Angeles, top-paying markets where Corporate Paralegals rake in more than the national norm (+12 percent, +10 percent, +9 percent, and +7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Jacksonville.

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Experience Affects Corporate Paralegal Salaries

National Average
$60,000

Skills That Affect Corporate Paralegal Salaries

Legal Research
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Legal Compliance
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Document Management
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Contract Management
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Regulatory Compliance
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National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 312 votes.

Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 12%
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