Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary

Intellectual Property Paralegals in the United States pull down an average of $61K per year. In the world of Intellectual Property Paralegals, overall income ranges from $41K near the bottom to $85K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Intellectual Property Paralegals who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$40,699 - $82,348
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$41K
$61K
$82K
MEDIAN: $60,762
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$16.53 - $40.16
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,699 - $82,348  
   
Bonus
$412.17 - $5,084  
Profit Sharing
$1,237 - $9,635  
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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$40,682 - $84,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 554
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.53 - $40.16  
   
Overtime
$27.08 - $60.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$412.17 - $5,084  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,237 - $9,635  
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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$40,682 - $84,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Prosecution, Intellectual Property, and Legal Document Review are correlated to pay that is above average. Docketing, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. The majority of those who know Intellectual Property also know 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $51K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $71K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $74K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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

Late-Career
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National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Legal Research
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Intellectual Property (IP)
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National Average
$62,000

Legal Document Review
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docketing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
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