Median pay for Intellectual Property Paralegals in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $62K annually. Final cash compensation to Intellectual Property Paralegals varies from around $42K to approximately $90K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $7K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of Intellectual Property Paralegals are female. Most Intellectual Property Paralegals report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,250 - $86,803
$42K
$62K
$87K
MEDIAN: $62,244
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50%
90%

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$18.43 - $43.75
$18
$28
$44
MEDIAN: $28.06
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,250 - $86,803  
   
Bonus
$498.67 - $5,947  
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $6,953  
Total Pay (?
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$42,087 - $89,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 399
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$18.43 - $43.75  
   
Overtime
$27.18 - $66.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$498.67 - $5,947  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $6,953  
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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$42,087 - $89,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 132

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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.

Common Career Paths for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal


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For Intellectual Property Paralegals, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Intellectual Property Paralegals earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Senior Paralegal.

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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, Prosecution, Legal Research, and Intellectual Property are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Document Preparation, Legal Document Review, and Complex Litigation Case Management. For most people, competency in Intellectual Property indicates knowledge of 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $52K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $65K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $75K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,963

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

For Intellectual Property Paralegals, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Intellectual Property Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), Boston (+25 percent), Washington (+22 percent), and New York (+18 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Irvine (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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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.
031
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Litigation Case Management
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National Average
$63,000

docketing
up arrow 10%

Complex Litigation Case Management
up arrow 12%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 17%

Document Preparation
up arrow 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
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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