Corporate Paralegal Salary

Median pay for Corporate Paralegals in the United States is around $60K annually. Final cash compensation to Corporate Paralegals varies from around $41K to approximately $84K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $10K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Corporate Paralegals. Women make up the vast majority of Corporate Paralegals (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,971 - $81,056
(Median)
$41K
$60K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,580
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$15.51 - $35.06
(Median)
$16
$25
$35
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,971 - $81,056  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,245  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $10,000  
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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$40,569 - $83,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 713
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $35.06  
   
Overtime
$21.79 - $55.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,245  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $10,000  
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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$40,569 - $83,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 may progress into high-paying roles like Attorney, where median compensation is $81K annually. Corporate Paralegals most frequently advance into Paralegal Supervisor and Contract Administrator roles even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Paralegal


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Corporate Governance, Contract Negotiation, Organizational Development, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. It is often found that people who know Corporate are also skilled 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $51K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Corporate Paralegals make a median salary of $68K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $65K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Corporate Paralegals, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. 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 (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Minneapolis. Employers in Miami and Jacksonville also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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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
up arrow 4%

Legal Research
up arrow 4%

Legal Document Review
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Contract Management
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Regulatory Compliance
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Legal Compliance
up arrow 1%

Document Management
up arrow 1%

Mergers and Acquisitions
0%

National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 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
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

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