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Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary

An average Intellectual Property Paralegal in the United States can expect to take home roughly $60K annually. Total cash compensation to Intellectual Property Paralegals approaches anywhere from $40K on the lower end to $85K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are far more female Intellectual Property Paralegals who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. Work is enjoyable for Intellectual Property Paralegals, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$40,297 - $82,796
(Median)
$40K
$60K
$83K
MEDIAN: $60,335
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90%

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$16.38 - $40.09
(Median)
$16
$27
$40
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,297 - $82,796  
   
Bonus
$440.42 - $5,158  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $9,635  
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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$40,329 - $85,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 587
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$16.38 - $40.09  
   
Overtime
$27.18 - $59.61  
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
$440.42 - $5,158  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $9,635  
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).
)
$40,329 - $85,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 162

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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 typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Prosecution, Intellectual Property, and docketing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing docketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $51K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $63K. Intellectual Property Paralegals with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $69K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $76K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%



National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Legal Research
up arrow 13%


Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$61,000

docketing
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 11%