Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary

Pay for Intellectual Property Paralegals in the United States sits in the ballpark of $62K annually. In the world of Intellectual Property Paralegals, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $42K and $90K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for Intellectual Property Paralegals, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Intellectual Property Paralegals (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,163 - $87,667
$42K
$62K
$88K
MEDIAN: $62,172
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$18.57 - $43.33
$19
$28
$43
MEDIAN: $27.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$42,163 - $87,667  
   
Bonus
$493.44 - $6,098  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $7,000  
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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$42,089 - $90,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 384
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.57 - $43.33  
   
Overtime
$29.62 - $65.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$493.44 - $6,098  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $7,000  
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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$42,089 - $90,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 127

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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

  • Manage auditing patent files, and prepare patent status summary reports.
  • Prepare and review standard agreements, and copyedit other documents as necessary.
  • Maintain docketing entries and provide administrative support.
  • Organize and manage the database and support direct filing of patents.

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Intellectual Property Paralegals' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Senior Paralegal. Median pay for Senior Paralegals is $61K.

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Popular Skills for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal


Intellectual Property Paralegals generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Litigation Case Management, Prosecution, Legal Research, and Intellectual Property (IP) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Document Preparation, Legal Document Review, and Complex Litigation Case Management. Those familiar with Intellectual Property also tend to know docketing and Complex Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal

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


Intellectual Property Paralegals who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $53K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $65K. Intellectual Property Paralegals claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $74K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,707

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Home to some of the best pay for Intellectual Property Paralegals, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Intellectual Property Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+31 percent), Boston (+26 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Washington (+18 percent). Intellectual Property Paralegals in Minneapolis make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

▲26%

▲19%

▲4%

National Average
$63,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Litigation Case Management
▲7%

▲4%



National Average
$63,000

docketing
▼9%

Complex Litigation Case Management
▼11%

Legal Document Review
▼17%

Document Preparation
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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