Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary

Intellectual Property Paralegals in the United States pull down an average of $63K annually. Total cash compensation to Intellectual Property Paralegals approaches anywhere from $43K on the lower end to $92K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority (87 percent) of Intellectual Property Paralegals who took the survey are female. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Intellectual Property Paralegals claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$42,576 - $89,117
$43K
$63K
$89K
MEDIAN: $62,599
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$18.99 - $43.74
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MEDIAN: $28.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$42,576 - $89,117  
   
Bonus
$495.33 - $6,127  
Profit Sharing
$1,205 - $6,904  
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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$42,617 - $92,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 402
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.99 - $43.74  
   
Overtime
$30.52 - $64.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$495.33 - $6,127  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,205 - $6,904  
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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$42,617 - $92,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 122

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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.

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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 $61K.

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Popular Skills for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal


Intellectual Property Paralegals seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Litigation Case Management, Prosecution, Legal Research, and Intellectual Property (IP) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Document Preparation, Legal Document Review, and Complex Litigation Case Management. Those proficient in Intellectual Property are, more often than not, also skilled in docketing and Complex Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal

Pay by Experience for an Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal has a positive trend. An entry-level Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 217 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 200 salaries. An experienced Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 145 salaries. An Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 69 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,489

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 (+29 percent), Boston (+25 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Washington (+16 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Intellectual Property Paralegals is geography, with workers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average.

Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Reviews

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
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

▲24%

▲17%

▲3%

National Average
$63,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Litigation Case Management
▲6%

▲2%



National Average
$63,000

docketing
▼10%

Complex Litigation Case Management
▼12%

Legal Document Review
▼18%

Document Preparation
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 9%
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