Corporate Paralegal Salary

Corporate Paralegals in the United States can expect to earn an average of $59K annually. Total cash compensation to Corporate Paralegals approaches anywhere from $40K on the lower end to $84K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $9K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Corporate Paralegals. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Corporate Paralegals (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,828 - $80,819
(Median)
$41K
$59K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,487
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$15.55 - $35.26
(Median)
$16
$25
$35
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,828 - $80,819  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,519  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $9,967  
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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$40,483 - $83,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 717
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $35.26  
   
Overtime
$22.03 - $54.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,519  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $9,967  
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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$40,483 - $83,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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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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At the upper end, Corporate Paralegals who move into an Attorney role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Attorneys is a much higher $81K per year. Corporate Paralegals most often move into Paralegal Supervisor or Contract Administrator roles. However, the former pays $6K less on average, and the latter pays $9K less.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Paralegal


Survey results imply that Corporate Paralegals deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 11 percent. Most people skilled in Corporate are similarly competent in 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $51K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $63K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Corporate Paralegals claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $68K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Corporate Paralegals, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Corporate Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+14 percent), New York (+12 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and San Francisco (+9 percent). Minneapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Jacksonville and Miami are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Corporate Paralegal Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Paralegal Salaries

Corporate Governance
up arrow 11%



Corporate
up arrow 4%

Legal Research
up arrow 3%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 3%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 2%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 1%

Document Management
up arrow 1%

Contract Management
up arrow 1%

Mergers and Acquisitions
0%

National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 193 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: 65% employee benefits None: 12%
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