Corporate Paralegal Salary

Pay for Corporate Paralegals in the United States sits in the ballpark of $65K annually. Cash earnings for Corporate Paralegals — including $10K in bonuses and $13K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $42K to $90K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Female Corporate Paralegals far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,531 - $88,410
$44K
$65K
$88K
MEDIAN: $64,759
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$15.18 - $34.34
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$34
MEDIAN: $24.60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$43,531 - $88,410  
   
Bonus
$745 - $10,086  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $13,213  
Total Pay (?
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$41,755 - $89,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 418
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.18 - $34.34  
   
Overtime
$24.21 - $58.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$745 - $10,086  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $13,213  
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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$41,755 - $89,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 120

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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.

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. Many Corporate Paralegals choose to become Senior Paralegals and Paralegal Supervisors as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $3K less and $10K less, 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, facility with Securities Compliance, Corporate Governance, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 9 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Mergers and Acquisitions, Contract Management, and Legal Document Review. Most people who know Corporate also know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $53K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $69K. Corporate Paralegals with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $74K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,923

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

Corporate Paralegals will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Corporate Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palo Alto (+16 percent), Charlotte (+15 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and New York (+12 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Jacksonville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Seattle and Minneapolis (8 percent lower and 3 percent lower, 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
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Corporate Paralegal Salaries

▲16%

▲11%

▲7%

National Average
$64,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Corporate Paralegal Salaries

Securities Compliance
▲53%



▲3%



Regulatory Compliance
▼0%

National Average
$64,000





Mergers and Acquisitions
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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