Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary (United States)

Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegals in the United States pull down an average of $61,122 per year. Pay starts at $40,911 and can approach $85,840 per year on the higher side. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale 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 (?
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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 (IP) Paralegals report a narrow range of specific skills. Prosecution and Intellectual Property (IP) are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 4 percent respectively. Prosecution is a skill commonly found among those who know Intellectual Property (IP).

Pay by Experience Level for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. New salaries start at $51K and reach $63K in five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $68K. Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegals who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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$61,000
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For Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegals, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. New York, Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago also offer top salaries for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegals. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 22 percent, 16 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent more, respectively. The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Washington (-8 percent and -2 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

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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%