Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary

Intellectual Property Paralegals in the United States pull down an average of $61K annually. In the world of Intellectual Property Paralegals, total cash compensation can vary between $41K and $85K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $7K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The vast majority of Intellectual Property Paralegals (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,631 - $82,741
(Median)
$42K
$61K
$83K
MEDIAN: $61,078
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$16.68 - $40.18
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$17
$27
$40
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,631 - $82,741  
   
Bonus
$275.00 - $5,133  
Profit Sharing
$1,221 - $7,122  
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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$41,087 - $85,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 559
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.68 - $40.18  
   
Overtime
$26.90 - $60.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$275.00 - $5,133  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,221 - $7,122  
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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$41,087 - $85,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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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


Survey results show that Intellectual Property Paralegals use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Complex Litigation Case Management, Prosecution, Intellectual Property, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Docketing and Legal Document Review, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. 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.


For Intellectual Property Paralegals, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $51K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $64K. Intellectual Property Paralegals who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $71K. Intellectual Property Paralegals with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,740

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

For those looking to make money, Intellectual Property Paralegals in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Intellectual Property Paralegals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), New York (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), and Washington (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Minneapolis. Workers in Dallas and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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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
up arrow 23%



National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Complex Litigation Case Management
up arrow 7%

Prosecution
up arrow 4%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 1%

Legal Research
0%

National Average
$62,000

Legal Document Review
up arrow 16%

docketing
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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