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Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary (United States)

Average Intellectual Property Paralegals in the United States make around $60K per year. In the world of Intellectual Property Paralegals, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $41K and $86K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are far more female Intellectual Property Paralegals who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary (?
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$40,417 - $82,958
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MEDIAN: $60,346
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Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary (?
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$17.18 - $39.61
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,417 - $82,958  
   
Bonus
$482.59 - $5,620  
Profit Sharing
$1,462 - $8,109  
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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$40,810 - $85,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 603
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.18 - $39.61  
   
Overtime
$27.98 - $59.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$482.59 - $5,620  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,462 - $8,109  
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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$40,810 - $85,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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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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Typical Intellectual Property Paralegals report a focused set of job skills. Prosecution and Intellectual Property are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Docketing, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Intellectual Property Paralegals — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $50K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $64K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Intellectual Property Paralegals make a median salary of $68K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $73K.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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National Average
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Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Intellectual Property Paralegals in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Intellectual Property Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 5 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Austin (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Late-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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$61,000
docketing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 170 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
28%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%