Corporate Paralegals in the United States pull down an average of $64K annually. Total incomes of Corporate Paralegals incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $42K and $90K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Corporate Paralegals (86 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of Corporate Paralegals claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,691 - $88,440
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$44K
$64K
$88K
MEDIAN: $64,009
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$15.12 - $33.88
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$15
$25
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$43,691 - $88,440  
   
Bonus
$514 - $10,003  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $14,750  
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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$41,954 - $89,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 428
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.12 - $33.88  
   
Overtime
$21.09 - $55.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$514 - $10,003  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $14,750  
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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$41,954 - $89,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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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 transition into upper-level roles such as Attorney, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Attorneys earn $81K on average per year. Many Corporate Paralegals advance into roles as Senior Paralegals or Paralegal Supervisors, but the median salaries are $3K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Paralegal


Corporate Paralegals seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Securities Compliance, Corporate Governance, and Organizational Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 13 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Mergers and Acquisitions, Contract Management, and Legal Document Review. Those proficient in Corporate are, more often than not, also skilled in Legal Compliance and Contract Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Paralegal

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $71K. Corporate Paralegals who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $73K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,375

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Palo Alto offers some of the highest pay in the country for Corporate Paralegals, 17 percent above the national average. Corporate Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+16 percent), New York (+15 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and San Francisco (+11 percent). Corporate Paralegals in Miami earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Jacksonville (15 percent less) and Denver (6 percent less).

Corporate Paralegal Reviews

What is it like working as a Corporate Paralegal?

Corporate Paralegal in Ogden:
"Disconnected and disillusioned."
Pros: The values in theory are great but not put into practice and they have amazing potential.
Cons: The leadership was disconnected and ignorant at best. Once a complaint was filed by a employee that employee would find themselves fired.

Corporate Paralegal in Hartford:
"Challenging, interesting, stressful at times."
Pros: You get to research and develop a case, meeting interesting clients, and find the work challenging and engaging.
Cons: The job can be very hectic and stressful at times. Information is case sensitive and time and deadline driven.

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Experience Affects Corporate Paralegal Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Paralegal Salaries

Securities Compliance
up arrow 55%



Contract Negotiation
up arrow 4%

Corporate
up arrow 2%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 2%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 1%

Document Management
0%

Legal Research
0%

National Average
$63,000

Legal Document Review
up arrow 3%

Contract Management
up arrow 4%

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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