The average Corporate Paralegal in the United States earns approximately $64K annually. Total incomes of Corporate Paralegals incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $13K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $42K and $90K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority (86 percent) of Corporate Paralegals who took the survey are female. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Corporate Paralegals. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,260 - $88,351
$44K
$64K
$88K
MEDIAN: $64,106
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50%
90%

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$15.20 - $34.56
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$25
$35
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$44,260 - $88,351  
   
Bonus
$521 - $10,034  
Profit Sharing
$299.00 - $13,089  
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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$42,314 - $89,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 438
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.20 - $34.56  
   
Overtime
$20.43 - $56.21  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$521 - $10,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$299.00 - $13,089  
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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$42,314 - $89,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 121

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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

  • Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts or preparing legal documents.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents.

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Corporate Paralegals' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Attorney. The average Attorney brings home $81K per year. A lot of Corporate Paralegals advance their careers by becoming Senior Paralegals and Paralegal Supervisors. However, those positions offer $3K less and $10K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Paralegal


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Securities Compliance and Corporate Governance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Mergers and Acquisitions, Contract Management, and Legal Document Review. Those educated in Corporate tend to be well versed 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.


Corporate Paralegals do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $66K. Corporate Paralegals who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $71K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $74K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,387

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

For those looking to make money, Corporate Paralegals in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Corporate Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+18 percent), Palo Alto (+17 percent), New York (+13 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Seattle, 8 percent below the national average. Workers in Houston and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

Corporate Paralegal Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Corporate Paralegal?

Corporate Paralegal in San Francisco:
"Corporate Paralegal."
Pros: It's challenging and I am constantly learning. I've been lucky to work with friendly caring lawyers despite receiving caveats in Paralegal school. It is a really rewarding career, however makes me wonder if I should go to law school.
Cons: When you work for multiple attorneys there is no uniformity. Often I have to curtail to the attorney's particular preference.

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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Key Stats for Corporate Paralegal

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Corporate Paralegal Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Paralegal Salaries

Securities Compliance
up arrow 55%






Regulatory Compliance
0%

National Average
$63,000





Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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