Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary (United States)

Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegals in the United States typically take home $61,122 annually. Pay ranges from $40,911 on the low end to $85,840 per year on the higher side. Total cash income, which bottoms out near $40,418 and peaks near $82,247, incorporates potential for more than $5,897 from bonuses and close to $9,000 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residency and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. Most Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegals report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's 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  
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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  
PayScale
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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Pay by Experience Level for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegals with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. At career start, salaries are typically $51K, which grows to $63K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $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. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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$61,000
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For Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegals, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Philadelphia (+16 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Minneapolis and Washington earn less than others in this profession; their -8 percent and -2 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

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Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

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$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%
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