$65,000
Avg. Salary
$28.90
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,055

Bonus

$2,465

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal is $28.90 per hour.

The average pay for an Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal is $65,000 per year.

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$18.29
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$43.93
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MEDIAN $28.90
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$44k
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MEDIAN $65,000
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$0$92K
Salary $44,370 - $89,305
Bonus $496 - $6,148
Profit Sharing $1,206 - $6,929
Total Pay (?
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$43,169 - $92,461
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 766
Hourly Data $0$67
Hourly Rate $18.29 - $43.93
Overtime $30.63 - $67.77
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $496 - $6,148
Profit Sharing $1,206 - $6,929
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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$43,169 - $92,461
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 220

Job Description

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.

Popular Employer Salaries

$0$87K

$62,540

Common Career Paths


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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.

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Popular Skills


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

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: $65,448

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).

Job Reviews

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

Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal in New York:
"Easy commute."
Pros: Fast paced environment. Easy commute.
Cons: High prices. High cost of living. Working in a tourist area.

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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Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 180 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲21%

▲14%

▼0%

National Average
$65,000

▼20%

How Skills Affect 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 180 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 12%