Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary

The average Intellectual Property Paralegal in the United States earns approximately $61K annually. Cash earnings for Intellectual Property Paralegals — including $5K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $85K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority (88 percent) of Intellectual Property Paralegals who took the survey are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$40,723 - $82,174

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$16.51 - $40.18

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,723 - $82,174  
   
Bonus
$436.31 - $5,077  
Profit Sharing
$1,237 - $9,635  
Total Pay (?
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$40,677 - $84,694  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 547
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$16.51 - $40.18  
   
Overtime
$26.87 - $59.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$436.31 - $5,077  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,237 - $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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$40,677 - $84,694  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169
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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


Intellectual Property Paralegals only 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. For most people, competency in Intellectual Property indicates knowledge of docketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal

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


For many Intellectual Property Paralegals, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $51K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $64K. For Intellectual Property Paralegals, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $70K. Intellectual Property Paralegals with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $74K.

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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
$61,000


Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Legal Research
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National Average
$61,000

Legal Document Review
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docketing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 12%
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