Intellectual Property Paralegals in the United States take home an average $62K annually. Cash earnings for Intellectual Property Paralegals — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $42K to approximately $89K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Intellectual Property Paralegals like their work and job satisfaction is high. Intellectual Property Paralegals who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$41,920 - $86,084
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$42K
$62K
$86K
MEDIAN: $61,720
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$17.64 - $43.11
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$43
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$41,920 - $86,084  
   
Bonus
$507 - $5,194  
Profit Sharing
$1,167 - $4,027  
Total Pay (?
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$41,781 - $89,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 396
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$17.64 - $43.11  
   
Overtime
$25.75 - $67.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$507 - $5,194  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,167 - $4,027  
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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$41,781 - $89,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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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 Paralegals' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Senior Paralegal. Median pay for Senior Paralegals is $60K.

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Popular Skills for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal


Survey results show that Intellectual Property Paralegals use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Litigation Case Management, Legal Research, Prosecution, and Intellectual Property are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Document Review, docketing, and Document Preparation. Most people experienced in Intellectual Property also 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $65K. For Intellectual Property Paralegals, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $74K. Intellectual Property Paralegals who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $78K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,362

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Intellectual Property Paralegals, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Intellectual Property Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+27 percent), Washington (+22 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), and New York (+17 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Houston and St. Paul earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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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




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 8%


Prosecution
up arrow 4%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 3%

National Average
$62,000

Complex Litigation Case Management
up arrow 4%

Document Preparation
up arrow 8%

docketing
up arrow 10%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 17%

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
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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