Intellectual Property (IP) Assistant Salary

Median pay for Intellectual Property Assistants in the United States is around $54K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Intellectual Property Assistants — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Intellectual Property Assistants who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$38,303 - $77,243
(Median)
$38K
$54K
$77K
MEDIAN: $54,127
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90%

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$16.07 - $30.36
(Median)
$16
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,303 - $77,243  
   
Bonus
$151.01 - $4,085  
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
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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$36,709 - $77,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 167
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$16.07 - $30.36  
   
Overtime
$23.83 - $55.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$151.01 - $4,085  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
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).
)
$36,709 - $77,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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Job Description for Intellectual Property (IP) Assistant

Many different employers require the help of an intellectual property (IP) assistant to draft patent documents and conduct research on the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) website. IP assistants work in a wide spectrum of industries, including heavy and light industry, music, entertainment, and technology, among many others. IP assistants work with an organization’s intellectual property attorneys or contracted external legal professionals on intellectual property litigation and researching potential intellectual property for the USPTO patent application process.

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Intellectual Property (IP) Assistant Tasks

  • Interview clients and conduct research to understand invention.
  • Draft and prosecute patent application for invention.
  • Aid inventors and invention owners in obtaining a patent for their invention.
  • Respond to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) actions.

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Survey takers who work as Intellectual Property Assistants typically report just a few professional skills. Intellectual Property and Legal Document Review are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those listing Legal Document Review as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Intellectual Property (IP) Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Intellectual Property Assistants, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $44K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $57K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $62K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $68K.

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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Assistant Salaries

National Average
$52,000

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 1%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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