Corporate Paralegal Salary (United States)

Pay for Corporate Paralegals in the United States is typically around $59,797 annually. Pay generally spreads from $40,641 to $83,725 per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $8,765 and $6,219, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $40,921 or peak near $79,733. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; most claim both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Corporate Paralegals. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Corporate Paralegal Salary (?
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$40,921 - $79,733
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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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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 (?
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  
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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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Corporate Paralegals may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Contracts Manager position may earn an additional $17,780 per year. Corporate Paralegals most often move into positions as Paralegal Supervisors or Contract Administrators, where they typically take pay cuts of $6,101 or $9,114 per year.

Corporate Paralegal Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Corporate Paralegal

Corporate Paralegals report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 who know 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.
After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $50K to $61K. Pay amounts to $66K after 10 to 20 years. 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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For Corporate Paralegals, Washington provides a pay rate that is 13 percent greater than the national average. Corporate Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+12 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Jacksonville, which sits 7 percent below the national average.

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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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