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Corporate Paralegal Salary

For Corporate Paralegals, annual average wages total $59K per year. Cash earnings of Corporate Paralegals can occasionally include $8K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $40K to almost $83K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Work is enjoyable for Corporate Paralegals, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of Corporate Paralegals are female. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$40,950 - $79,528
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MEDIAN: $59,004
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$16.94 - $35.68
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,950 - $79,528  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,227  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $8,000  
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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$40,418 - $83,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 856
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.94 - $35.68  
   
Overtime
$22.79 - $53.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,227  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $8,000  
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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$40,418 - $83,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 235
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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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For Corporate Paralegals, career progression to a Contracts Manager role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Contracts Manager, an upper-level role, can earn $78K annually. Many Corporate Paralegals choose to become Paralegal Supervisors and Contract Administrators as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $6K less and $9K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Paralegal


Survey results imply that Corporate Paralegals put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Organizational Development, Corporate, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Those familiar with Corporate also tend to know Document Management and Regulatory Compliance.

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 $50K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $62K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Corporate Paralegals make $66K following one to two decades on the job. Corporate Paralegals who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 13 percent, Corporate Paralegals in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Corporate Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+12 percent), New York (+11 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). Jacksonville is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Corporate Paralegal Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Paralegal Salaries





Regulatory Compliance
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Contract Management
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Legal Document Review
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Legal Compliance
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Document Management
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National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 267 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 12%