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Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $87,097.93* *Based on the 2020 average.
5,310 EMPLOYEES
$317.82M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Paralegal Specialist was the 56th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 5,310 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $87,449.

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
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,237 $87,449.20
Social Security Administration 815 $108,259.02
Small Business Administration 516 $60,034.95
Offices, Boards and Divisions 446 $73,231.97
Customs and Border Protection 352 $106,809.72
Federal Bureau of Investigation 246 $113,207.34
U.S. Trustee Program 218 $79,828.92
Internal Revenue Service 149 $79,372.61
Patent and Trademark Office 132 $90,350.92
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 127 $70,859.15
Securities and Exchange Commission 81 $134,905.40
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 69 $88,239.77
U.S. Coast Guard 68 $75,414.46
Federal Trade Commission 53 $58,974.91
Department of State 51 $97,035.90
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 46 $93,245.19
Office of Personnel Management 42 $88,125.43
Merit Systems Protection Board 39 $79,357.51
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 35 $79,592.94
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 34 $77,841.97
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 30 $90,169.70
Environmental Protection Agency 30 $99,259.43
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 28 $106,664.79
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 25 $110,583.84
Food and Drug Administration 23 $97,758.00
Department of Energy 22 $92,552.63
Citizenship and Immigration Services 21 $107,153.24
Office of Secretary of Labor 21 $87,008.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 19 $72,302.11
Executive Office for Immigration Review 19 $82,137.89
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 18 $91,105.17
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 15 $71,260.20
Federal Election Commission 12 $86,635.42
Drug Enforcement Administration 12 $90,508.75
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 11 $78,483.91
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 10 $116,986.10
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 10 $93,080.70
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 9 $114,340.22
9 $92,793.78
Board of Veterans Appeals 8 $83,297.13
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 8 $100,862.13
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 8 $76,816.38
National Labor Relations Board 8 $85,820.88
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 7 $80,835.43
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 6 $87,171.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 6 $86,949.83
Federal Communications Commission 6 $107,700.50
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals 6 $98,807.67
Forest Service 6 $77,437.67
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $102,167.80
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 5 $82,865.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 5 $81,779.20
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 4 $80,981.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 4 $95,871.50
John F. Kennedy Space Center 4 $88,200.25
U.S. International Trade Commission 4 $87,208.25
Federal Highway Administration 4 $99,567.75
Departmental Offices 4 $110,522.75
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 4 $86,265.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $99,165.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 3 $108,217.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $73,569.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 3 $85,139.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 3 $84,379.67
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 3 $92,108.67
Office of Secretary of Transportation 3 $86,295.67
Transportation Security Administration 3 $101,514.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 2 $109,355.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $90,696.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $112,778.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $72,030.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $90,064.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 2 $79,469.00
Indian Affairs 2 $93,861.00
National Park Service 2 $63,747.50
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $82,457.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $88,386.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $119,775.50
Veterans Health Administration 2 $59,077.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 2 $98,757.00
National Credit Union Administration 2 $0.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $107,922.50
Federal Student Aid 2 $117,719.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 2 $111,418.00
Langley Research Center 2 $86,558.00
Railroad Retirement Board 2 $89,915.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $98,150.50
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $79,278.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $125,879.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $86,335.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $119,775.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 1 $88,836.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 1 $88,836.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $97,848.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $88,836.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $106,085.00
Federal Railroad Administration 1 $97,848.00
National Appeals Division 1 $84,216.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $100,727.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $59,534.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $116,353.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 1 $84,034.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $93,638.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $103,605.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $89,510.00
Government Printing Office 1 $74,431.00
National Mediation Board 1 $97,848.00
Ames Research Center 1 $99,827.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $95,935.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $146,823.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $99,741.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $74,431.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $105,729.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $106,483.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $97,848.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $59,534.00
Office of the Director 1 $103,605.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $86,335.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $165,084.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $88,836.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $87,097.93. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $190,442 in 2020.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,138
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 81
CN - Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protect(cfpb) Independent Agcy Within The Fed Res Syst(use By Cfpb Only) 28
CG - Corporate Graded 25
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Positions Previously Defined Under Pay Plan Codes Ad, Es, Gm, And Gs 10
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 6
NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path 3
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 3
ZA - Administrative 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 2
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 2
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82, Subtitle G, Section 2
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At The Federal Housing Finance Agency 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1

Starting Paygrade: $27,782.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / 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
Technical Writing and EditingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Building ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Accounting TechnicianClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
TelecommunicationsAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Land Law ExaminingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Paralegal Specialist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Paralegal Specialist was $63,202. Since then, the average pay has increased to $87,098 in 2020.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0950.

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