Corporate Paralegal Salary

Median pay for Corporate Paralegals in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $61K annually. With some bonuses approaching $9K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $12K, overall incomes of Corporate Paralegals spread between $41K and $86K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Corporate Paralegals who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$42,411 - $82,472
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$42K
$61K
$82K
MEDIAN: $60,683
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$15.36 - $35.74
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,411 - $82,472  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,083  
Profit Sharing
$297.70 - $11,737  
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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$41,319 - $86,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 694
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.36 - $35.74  
   
Overtime
$21.34 - $57.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,083  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.70 - $11,737  
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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$41,319 - $86,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Attorney. The latter position pays an average of $81K annually. Corporate Paralegals most often advance into Paralegal Supervisor and Contract Administrator positions even though the median salaries are $7K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Paralegal


Corporate Paralegals report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Corporate Governance, Contract Negotiation, Legal Document Review, and Organizational Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Mergers and Acquisitions. Those proficient in Corporate are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $52K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $64K. Corporate Paralegals claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $66K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,394

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

San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Corporate Paralegals, 13 percent above the national average. Corporate Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+11 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Jacksonville (10 percent less) and Houston (8 percent less).

Corporate Paralegal Reviews

What is it like working as a Corporate Paralegal?

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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Experience Affects Corporate Paralegal Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Paralegal Salaries

Corporate Governance
up arrow 12%




Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

Corporate
up arrow 3%

Legal Research
up arrow 3%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 2%

Contract Management
up arrow 1%

Document Management
0%

National Average
$61,000

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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