Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $80,846.82* *Based on the 2016 average.
5,015 EMPLOYEES
$404.56M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Paralegal Specialist was the 58th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 5,015 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $93,021.

Government Paralegal Specialist jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Paralegal Specialist job is GS-4, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions not requiring professional legal competence which involve various legal assistance duties, of a type not classifiable in some other occupation in the Legal and Kindred Group, in connection with functions such as hearings, appeals, litigation, or advisory services. The specialists analyze the legal impact of legislative developments and administrative and judicial decisions, opinions, determinations, and rulings on agency programs; conduct research for the preparation of legal opinions on matters of interest to the agency; perform substantive legal analysis of requests for information under the provisions of various acts; or other similar legal support functions which require discretion and independent judgment in the application of a specialized knowledge of laws, precedent decisions, regulations, agency policies and practices, and judicial or administrative proceedings. Such knowledge is less than that represented by graduation from a recognized law school, and may have been gained from formalized, professionally instructed agency or educational institution training or from professionally supervised on-the-job training. While the paramount knowledge requirements of this occupation are legal, some positions also require a practical knowledge of subject matter areas related to the agency's substantive programs.

Administrative and Management positions have a wide range of responsibilities. Management does not refer specifically to supervisors who directly manage organizations or teams. Rather jobs in this category deal with managing systems or processes such as finances, security systems, training programs, or marketing. For employees in this job category, promotions are typically given 2 grade increments at a time until GS-12 is reached.

Agencies that have hired a Paralegal Specialist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Social Security Administration 1,246 $93,021.06
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,109 $72,494.07
Offices, Boards and Divisions 457 $66,499.06
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 304 $76,043.04
U.S. Trustee Program 244 $72,723.64
Federal Bureau of Investigation 239 $88,141.36
Internal Revenue Service 150 $74,592.69
Patent and Trademark Office 127 $80,437.22
Small Business Administration 111 $62,791.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 90 $114,004.77
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 81 $64,868.99
Federal Trade Commission 72 $48,656.04
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 68 $77,937.35
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 66 $77,878.32
U.S. Coast Guard 64 $68,594.14
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 53 $71,706.26
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 50 $102,696.74
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 47 $68,737.98
Merit Systems Protection Board 41 $73,213.98
Office of Personnel Management 38 $63,830.53
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 37 $70,342.08
Environmental Protection Agency 34 $89,375.06
Office of Secretary of Labor 29 $75,715.90
Department of Energy 26 $81,632.58
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 21 $86,074.29
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 19 $64,025.05
Food and Drug Administration 17 $90,939.12
Drug Enforcement Administration 16 $79,987.88
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 16 $0.00
Federal Aviation Administration 16 $83,798.13
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 15 $107,771.40
Executive Office for Immigration Review 14 $72,937.00
Federal Election Commission 13 $77,284.46
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 13 $81,229.46
Surface Transportation Board 12 $80,149.17
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 12 $72,924.42
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 11 $71,854.27
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 10 $95,777.20
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 10 $79,607.90
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 10 $77,440.40
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 9 $71,019.89
Board of Veterans Appeals 9 $75,131.44
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 9 $75,283.67
Federal Communications Commission 9 $92,828.22
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 8 $78,436.88
Forest Service 8 $81,446.63
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 8 $62,574.50
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 8 $100,081.75
U.S. International Trade Commission 7 $69,769.29
National Labor Relations Board 6 $79,612.83
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 6 $75,460.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 6 $77,445.67
Risk Management Agency 5 $111,723.20
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 5 $81,476.40
Transportation Security Administration 5 $92,408.80
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $81,989.80
Office of Secretary of Transportation 5 $67,057.40
Federal Highway Administration 4 $83,636.50
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $85,444.00
Federal Student Aid 4 $93,718.75
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $71,003.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 4 $71,863.00
Departmental Offices 4 $91,292.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 4 $76,389.25
John F. Kennedy Space Center 4 $71,735.25
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $88,261.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 3 $68,942.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $74,190.67
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $82,197.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 3 $83,305.67
Bureau of Land Management 2 $73,282.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $89,110.50
National Mediation Board 2 $72,596.50
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 2 $76,061.00
Federal Transit Administration 2 $89,222.00
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $76,966.00
Railroad Retirement Board 2 $72,653.00
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals 2 $73,281.00
National Park Service 2 $60,655.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $96,014.00
Langley Research Center 2 $73,738.50
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 2 $91,980.50
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 2 $87,081.00
Agency for International Development 2 $82,744.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2 $85,101.50
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $67,159.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $136,391.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $67,971.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $78,924.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $74,343.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $72,219.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $118,069.00
Office of Administration 1 $88,054.00
Federal Railroad Administration 1 $72,219.00
Indian Affairs 1 $93,333.00
Ames Research Center 1 $102,492.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $96,750.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $76,378.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $83,714.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $72,533.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $80,716.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $95,000.00
National Appeals Division 1 $69,136.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $82,840.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $48,403.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $94,203.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $84,017.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1 $52,968.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $89,110.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $65,847.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $86,779.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $87,642.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $79,860.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $58,561.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $72,901.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $99,905.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $91,657.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $68,465.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $104,016.00
Office of the Director 1 $56,178.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $86,564.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $94,110.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $68,465.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $80,846.82. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $171,325 in 2016.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 4,815
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 91
CG - Corporate Graded 44
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 20
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 11
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 10
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 4
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 4
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 4
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1
ZA - Administrative 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 1
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 1
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 1

Starting Paygrade: $25,514.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $134,776.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Administrative and Management
Occupation Family: 0900 LEGAL AND KINDRED GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-4 Paygrade

GS-4 is the starting paygrade for Paralegal Specialist jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-4 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Office DraftingTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
PurchasingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Insurance AccountsClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Information ReceptionistClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
General Legal and Kindred AdministrationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Paralegal Specialist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2016

In 2004, the average pay for a Paralegal Specialist was $63,202. Since then, the average pay has increased to $80,847 in 2016.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0950.

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