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Corporate Paralegal Salary (United States)

Pay for Corporate Paralegals in the United States sits in the ballpark of $59K annually. Overall cash earnings for Corporate Paralegals stretch from $41K on the lower end to $84K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $9K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The greater part enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women account for the majority of Corporate Paralegals — 86 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Corporate Paralegal Salary (?
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$40,921 - $79,733
(Median)
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59K
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MEDIAN: $58,863
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Corporate Paralegal Salary (?
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$16.77 - $35.52
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,921 - $79,733  
   
Bonus
$-0.40 - $8,765  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $6,219  
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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$40,641 - $83,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 953
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$16.77 - $35.52  
   
Overtime
$22.69 - $55.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.40 - $8,765  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $6,219  
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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$40,641 - $83,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 241
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Corporate Paralegals who advance to upper-end positions like Contracts Manager. Median pay for Contracts Managers is $78K per year. Many Corporate Paralegals go on to become Paralegal Supervisors or Contract Administrators despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $6K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

Corporate Paralegal Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Corporate Paralegal

Survey results show that Corporate Paralegals use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Organizational Development, Corporate, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Most people who know Corporate also know Legal Compliance and Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Paralegal

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $61K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $66K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $66K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining just under one-fifth.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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San Francisco
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Dallas
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Los Angeles
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Atlanta
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Minneapolis
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Denver
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Chicago
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Seattle
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Boston
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National Average
$60,000
Jacksonville
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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), Dallas (+10 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Jacksonville.

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Experience Affects Corporate Paralegal Salaries

National Average
$60,000

Skills That Affect Corporate Paralegal Salaries

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

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 312 votes.

Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 12%