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.
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.
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
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:||$25,871.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1|
|Maximum Paygrade:||$136,659.00 / 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 Drafting||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Purchasing||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Insurance Accounts||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Information Receptionist||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|General Legal and Kindred Administration||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-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.
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