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Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary (United States)

Intellectual Property Paralegals in the United States can expect to earn an average of $60K annually. Total cash compensation for Intellectual Property Paralegals runs from $41K to $86K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Intellectual Property Paralegals (89 percent). Job satisfaction for Intellectual Property Paralegals is high. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary (?
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$40,418 - $82,247
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MEDIAN: $59,663
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Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary (?
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$17.90 - $39.86
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,418 - $82,247  
   
Bonus
$487.44 - $5,897  
Profit Sharing
$850 - $9,000  
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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$40,911 - $85,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 638
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$17.90 - $39.86  
   
Overtime
$28.53 - $60.11  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$487.44 - $5,897  
   
Profit Sharing
$850 - $9,000  
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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$40,911 - $85,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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Job Description for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal

With the increasing presence of digital media and new forms of technology, the issue of intellectual property rights continues to grow more multifaceted. For example, technology makes it more difficult for rightsholders to control the distribution of intellectual property and collect compensation. The intellectual property (IP) paralegal assists rightsholders in legally protecting their property through safeguards such as patents and trademarks, as well as in pursuing litigation against those who would infringe those rights. The intellectual property paralegal may represent individuals, private organizations, or government agencies.
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Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Tasks
  • Maintain docketing entries and provide administrative support.
  • Organize and manage the database and support direct filing of patents.
  • Manage auditing patent files, and prepare patent status summary reports.
  • Prepare and review standard agreements, and copyedit other documents as necessary.

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Intellectual Property Paralegals report a narrow range of specific skills. Prosecution and Intellectual Property are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 4 percent respectively. Intellectual Property and Prosecution are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Intellectual Property Paralegals, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $51K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $63K. On average, Intellectual Property Paralegals make $68K following one to two decades on the job. Intellectual Property Paralegals with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $72K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, just over a half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in three 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 close to one-eighth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$61,000
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Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Intellectual Property Paralegals in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago, top-paying markets where Intellectual Property Paralegals rake in more than the national norm (+22 percent, +16 percent, +8 percent, and +6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Washington (8 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$61,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
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National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 11%