$65,582
Avg. Salary
$25.03
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$3,221

Bonus

$3,424

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Corporate Paralegal is $25.03 per hour.

The average pay for a Corporate Paralegal is $65,582 per year.

$17.44
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$25.03
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$34.93
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MEDIAN $25.03
$45k
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$66k
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$89k
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MEDIAN $65,582
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$0$90K
Salary $45,193 - $88,864
Bonus $789 - $10,212
Profit Sharing $497 - $11,785
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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$43,124 - $90,912
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 813
Hourly Data $0$57
Hourly Rate $17.44 - $34.93
Overtime $24.48 - $57.96
Annual Data $0$90K
Bonus $789 - $10,212
Profit Sharing $497 - $11,785
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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$43,124 - $90,912
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 246

Job Description for Corporate Paralegal

Many large companies have a legal department staffed by attorneys who help ensure that the organization’s business, selling, and hiring practices all adhere to laws. These departments also represent the company in the event of any legal actions. A corporate paralegal typically works in this legal department to assist the attorneys with a variety of tasks.

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Common Career Paths for Corporate Paralegal


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As Corporate Paralegals transition into upper-level roles such as Attorney, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Attorneys earn $81K on average per year. Many Corporate Paralegals choose to become Senior Paralegals and Paralegal Supervisors as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $4K less and $10K less, respectively.

Corporate Paralegal Job Listings

Popular Skills for Corporate Paralegal


Survey takers working as Corporate Paralegals report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Securities Compliance, Corporate Governance, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 52 percent, 9 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Mergers and Acquisitions, Contract Management, and Legal Document Review. Most people familiar with Corporate also know Legal Compliance and Contract Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Paralegal

Pay by Experience for a Corporate Paralegal has a positive trend. An entry-level Corporate 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. A Corporate Paralegal with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 160 salaries. An experienced Corporate Paralegal which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 183 salaries. A Corporate Paralegal with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 85 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,598

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

For those looking to make money, Corporate Paralegals in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Corporate Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+15 percent), Charlotte (+15 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Jacksonville. Workers in Seattle and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

Corporate Paralegal Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Corporate Paralegal?

Corporate Paralegal in Salt Lake City:
"Great opportunity."
Pros: Opportunities
Cons: Downtown traffic

Corporate Paralegal in San Francisco:
"Corporate Paralegal."
Pros: It's challenging and I am constantly learning. I've been lucky to work with friendly caring lawyers despite receiving caveats in Paralegal school. It is a really rewarding career, however makes me wonder if I should go to law school.
Cons: When you work for multiple attorneys there is no uniformity. Often I have to curtail to the attorney's particular preference.

Corporate Paralegal in Ogden:
"Disconnected and disillusioned."
Pros: The values in theory are great but not put into practice and they have amazing potential.
Cons: The leadership was disconnected and ignorant at best. Once a complaint was filed by a employee that employee would find themselves fired.

Corporate Paralegal in Los Angeles:
"Non-legal components."
Try to find out how much of your work will consist of non-law or legal duties such as human resources and general office administration (answering phones, making photocopies, distributing mail). Try to determine if you will areas of independent, specialized responsibility, or if your duties will primarily be that of "assistant."

Corporate Paralegal in Hartford:
"The More I Know The Better I Can Be."
Never settle or get comfortable; keep learning and adding new skills to your skill set.

Corporate Paralegal in New York:
"Team Player."
Must be flexible and willing to work overtime with little to no notice; be a team player since at times you may finish your projects before it's due date and will have to help others with their projects; Willing to learn new software; work with little to no supervision;

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Key Stats for Corporate Paralegal

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 187 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Corporate Paralegal Salaries

▲15%

▲10%

▲6%

National Average
$65,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Corporate Paralegal Salaries

Securities Compliance
▲52%




▲1%


National Average
$65,000

Regulatory Compliance
▼1%





Mergers and Acquisitions
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 11%