Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary

The average Intellectual Property Paralegal in the United States earns approximately $61K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $9K, respectively — total cash payment to Intellectual Property Paralegals can bottom out near $41K or peak near $85K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Intellectual Property Paralegals who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,591 - $82,064
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$41K
$61K
$82K
MEDIAN: $60,688
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$16.49 - $40.20
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$16
$27
$40
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,591 - $82,064  
   
Bonus
$450.00 - $5,088  
Profit Sharing
$1,350 - $8,500  
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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$40,668 - $84,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 554
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.49 - $40.20  
   
Overtime
$26.98 - $60.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$450.00 - $5,088  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,350 - $8,500  
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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$40,668 - $84,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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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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Popular Skills for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal


Survey takers who work as Intellectual Property Paralegals usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Prosecution, Intellectual Property, and Legal Document Review are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing docketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people experienced in Intellectual Property also know docketing.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. Intellectual Property Paralegals claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $74K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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What is it like working as an Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal?

Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal in Boulder:
Pros: Significant client interaction (primarily through email or phone), ability to manage one's own workload (autonomy), substantial legal research and writing, flexibility of hours.

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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Legal Research
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Intellectual Property (IP)
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National Average
$62,000

Legal Document Review
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docketing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
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