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Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary

Median pay for Intellectual Property Paralegals in the United States is around $61K annually. Total cash compensation to Intellectual Property Paralegals bottoms out near $40K and approaches $85K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Intellectual Property Paralegals claim high levels of job satisfaction. Intellectual Property Paralegals who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 89 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$40,544 - $82,256
(Median)
$41K
$61K
$82K
MEDIAN: $60,818
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90%

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$16.13 - $39.92
(Median)
$16
$27
$40
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,544 - $82,256  
   
Bonus
$482.04 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $9,696  
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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$40,437 - $84,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 575
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$16.13 - $39.92  
   
Overtime
$26.87 - $59.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$482.04 - $5,128  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $9,696  
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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$40,437 - $84,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166

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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Prosecution, Intellectual Property, and docketing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing docketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those proficient in Intellectual Property are, more often than not, also skilled in docketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal

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


For Intellectual Property Paralegals, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $50K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $64K. Intellectual Property Paralegals bring in $69K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $75K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%



National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Legal Research
up arrow 11%


Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$62,000

docketing
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
30%
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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