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Corporate Paralegal Salary

For Corporate Paralegals, annual average wages total $59K per year. Total cash earnings of Corporate Paralegals range from $41K on the low end to $84K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $9K and $10K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Corporate Paralegals (85 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Corporate Paralegals claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,855 - $80,763
(Median)
$41K
$59K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,431
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$17.32 - $35.26
(Median)
$17
$26
$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
$40,855 - $80,763  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,878  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $9,899  
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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$40,549 - $83,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 738
National Hourly Rate 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$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.32 - $35.26  
   
Overtime
$21.75 - $54.31  
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 - $8,878  
   
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $9,899  
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).
)
$40,549 - $83,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
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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 a Contracts Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Contracts Managers is a much higher $78K per year. Corporate Paralegals most frequently advance into Paralegal Supervisor and Contract Administrator roles even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $9K 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 7 percent and 11 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $51K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $63K. Corporate Paralegals bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. Corporate Paralegals who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Corporate Paralegals that is 18 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Corporate Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in New York (+10 percent), Atlanta (+10 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and San Diego (+9 percent). Jacksonville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Miami (5 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%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 3%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 3%

Document Management
up arrow 2%

Contract Management
up arrow 2%

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 2%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 1%

National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 12%
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