Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary

Median pay for Intellectual Property Paralegals in the United States is around $61K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Intellectual Property Paralegals spread between $41K and $85K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Intellectual Property Paralegals is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The vast majority (88 percent) of Intellectual Property Paralegals who took the survey are female. This report is based on answers to 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 (?
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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. Those listing docketing and Legal Document Review as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. It is often found that people who know Intellectual Property are also skilled in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $51K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $64K. On average, Intellectual Property Paralegals make $71K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,740

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

For Intellectual Property Paralegals, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Intellectual Property Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in 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. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (8 percent lower) and Austin (3 percent lower).

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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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