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Corporate Paralegal Salary

Earnings for Corporate Paralegals in the United States come in at around $59K per year on average. Total incomes of Corporate Paralegals incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $9K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $41K and $84K. 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 (86 percent) who responded to the survey are women. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Corporate Paralegals, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$41,053 - $80,762
(Median)
$41K
$59K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,261
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$17.05 - $34.99
(Median)
$17
$25
$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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,053 - $80,762  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,024  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $9,744  
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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$40,597 - $84,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 761
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
$17.05 - $34.99  
   
Overtime
$21.22 - $54.55  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,024  
   
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $9,744  
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).
)
$40,597 - $84,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200

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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 Contracts Manager. The latter position pays an average of $78K annually. Many Corporate Paralegals advance into roles as Paralegal Supervisors or Contract Administrators, but the median salaries are $6K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Paralegal


Survey results imply that Corporate Paralegals deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Corporate Governance, Contract Negotiation, Organizational Development, and Corporate are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Most people who know Corporate also 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $67K. 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


For Corporate Paralegals, Washington provides a pay rate that is 15 percent greater than the national average. Corporate Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+14 percent), San Francisco (+12 percent), Atlanta (+11 percent), and Dallas (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Jacksonville, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 2 percent less, 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 3%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 3%

Document Management
up arrow 2%

Contract Management
up arrow 2%

Legal Research
up arrow 2%

Regulatory Compliance
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 223 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 13%