Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salary

Intellectual Property Paralegals in the United States can expect to earn an average of $64K per year. The range in cash compensation to Intellectual Property Paralegals ($42K to $92K) includes potential earnings of $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Intellectual Property Paralegals report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Intellectual Property Paralegals far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,813 - $90,631
$43K
$64K
$91K
MEDIAN: $64,442
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90%

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$18.32 - $43.43
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MEDIAN: $29.69
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$0$92K
Salary $42,813 - $90,631
Bonus $487.96 - $6,249
Profit Sharing $1,454 - $7,861
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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$42,469 - $92,986
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 407
Hourly Data $0$62
Hourly Rate $18.32 - $43.43
Overtime $27.37 - $62.73
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $487.96 - $6,249
Profit Sharing $1,454 - $7,861
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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$42,469 - $92,986
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 116

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.

Common Career Paths for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal


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Intellectual Property Paralegals who go on to become Senior Paralegals may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Senior Paralegal, an upper-level role, pays $61K.

Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Job Listings

Popular Skills for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal


Survey results suggest that Intellectual Property Paralegals use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Litigation Case Management, Prosecution, Legal Research, and Intellectual Property (IP) are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Document Preparation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Legal Document Review and Complex Litigation Case Management also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Intellectual Property also know 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: $65,363

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

For Intellectual Property Paralegals, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Intellectual Property Paralegals will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+27 percent), Boston (+22 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Washington (+14 percent). Intellectual Property Paralegals in Minneapolis earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Paul and Seattle (10 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal?

Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal in Irvine:
Pros: Everything except the pay.
Cons: The pay.

Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal in Denver:
"Work environment."
Pros: Challenging and interesting subject matter.
Cons: Stress levels are high in litigation.

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.
Cons:

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Key Stats for Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

▲21%

▲14%

▼0%

National Average
$65,000

▼20%

Skills That Affect Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal Salaries

Litigation Case Management
▲3%

National Average
$65,000

▼1%



docketing
▼13%

Complex Litigation Case Management
▼15%

Legal Document Review
▼20%

Document Preparation
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 10%