Corporate Paralegal Salary

Median pay for Corporate Paralegals in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $60K annually. With some bonuses approaching $8K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Corporate Paralegals spread between $41K and $84K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Corporate Paralegals who took the survey — 83 percent to be exact. The majority of Corporate Paralegals claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,093 - $81,373

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$15.51 - $35.06

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,093 - $81,373  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,228  
Profit Sharing
$310.94 - $10,033  
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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$40,656 - $84,075  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 698
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $35.06  
   
Overtime
$21.70 - $55.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,228  
   
Profit Sharing
$310.94 - $10,033  
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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$40,656 - $84,075  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 177
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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 who go on to become Attorneys may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Attorneys is $81K annually. Corporate Paralegals most frequently become Paralegal Supervisors and Contract Administrators even though median compensation is $7K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Paralegal


Survey takers working as Corporate Paralegals report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Corporate Governance, Organizational Development, Contract Negotiation, and Corporate are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. Those familiar with Corporate also tend to know Document Management and Contract Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Paralegal

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $51K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Corporate Paralegals make a median salary of $69K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $64K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Corporate Paralegals, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Corporate Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+12 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). Minneapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Jacksonville and Miami (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Corporate Paralegal Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Paralegal Salaries

Corporate Governance
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Corporate
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Regulatory Compliance
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Legal Research
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Legal Document Review
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Legal Compliance
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Document Management
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Contract Management
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Mergers and Acquisitions
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National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 12%
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