Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2018

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $82,456.33* *Based on the 2018 average.
5,303 EMPLOYEES
$340.3M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Paralegal Specialist was the 54th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 5,303 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2018, 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 $80,216.

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 1,095 $80,215.94
Social Security Administration 1,083 $96,856.79
Offices, Boards and Divisions 438 $70,520.15
Small Business Administration 422 $56,652.54
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 286 $81,010.04
Federal Bureau of Investigation 252 $106,158.20
U.S. Trustee Program 216 $76,116.82
Internal Revenue Service 147 $74,239.34
Patent and Trademark Office 132 $83,012.30
Securities and Exchange Commission 87 $123,393.05
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 82 $68,266.57
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 62 $82,729.87
U.S. Coast Guard 61 $70,753.15
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 57 $72,960.42
Federal Trade Commission 56 $52,728.21
Office of Personnel Management 48 $77,073.23
Department of State 48 $93,220.98
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 40 $76,621.25
Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals 37 $79,769.27
Merit Systems Protection Board 37 $79,850.95
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 36 $106,802.39
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 36 $73,998.67
Environmental Protection Agency 30 $94,812.27
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 29 $82,690.86
Department of Energy 28 $83,623.17
Office of Secretary of Labor 27 $79,969.89
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 24 $103,751.13
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 19 $84,134.95
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 19 $93,852.79
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 18 $69,473.33
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 14 $72,922.21
Executive Office for Immigration Review 14 $75,649.50
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 13 $73,519.08
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 13 $78,426.08
Federal Election Commission 12 $80,548.92
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 12 $102,950.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 12 $84,340.42
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 12 $112,289.67
Food and Drug Administration 11 $109,537.27
Federal Communications Commission 10 $93,937.20
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 10 $70,687.50
Surface Transportation Board 10 $86,923.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 9 $77,252.44
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 8 $84,980.63
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 8 $105,675.88
National Labor Relations Board 6 $77,962.67
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 6 $67,498.67
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals 6 $87,249.67
Federal Emergency Management Agency 6 $73,596.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 6 $82,950.83
Forest Service 6 $87,252.17
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 5 $79,428.40
Indian Affairs 5 $78,291.40
Board of Veterans Appeals 5 $77,427.40
Federal Student Aid 4 $101,391.25
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $93,166.25
Transportation Security Administration 4 $93,079.25
John F. Kennedy Space Center 4 $78,279.75
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 4 $95,363.25
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 4 $91,540.00
Federal Highway Administration 4 $88,457.25
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $79,066.00
Departmental Offices 3 $102,459.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 3 $79,147.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $75,985.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 3 $68,156.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $79,329.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 3 $85,084.67
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $78,743.33
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $71,106.67
Risk Management Agency 3 $119,687.67
U.S. International Trade Commission 3 $79,071.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 3 $78,425.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $96,994.50
National Mediation Board 2 $86,364.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $71,332.50
Langley Research Center 2 $79,022.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 2 $92,376.00
Railroad Retirement Board 2 $84,026.50
Office of Special Counsel 2 $66,420.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 2 $100,470.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 2 $93,457.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $96,165.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 2 $73,097.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $105,525.50
National Institute of Standards and Technology 2 $81,960.00
National Park Service 2 $64,401.50
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $100,561.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1 $56,805.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $77,593.00
Ames Research Center 1 $78,322.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $95,666.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $123,234.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 1 $68,727.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $87,600.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $145,366.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $95,866.00
Office of the Director 1 $60,470.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $100,981.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $77,593.00
Office of Administration 1 $101,116.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $131,670.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $59,970.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $53,583.00
Office for Civil Rights 1 $79,720.00
U.S. Secret Service 1 $93,008.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $113,962.00
National Appeals Division 1 $74,174.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $100,981.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $93,821.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $66,510.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $90,350.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $93,008.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $114,755.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 1 $79,810.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $73,160.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $81,792.00
Federal Railroad Administration 1 $85,685.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $85,285.00
Agency for International Development 1 $104,275.00
Bureau of Reclamation 1 $66,230.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $103,639.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $86,460.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $92,450.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $84,243.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $0.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $82,456.33. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $173,023 in 2018.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,115
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 87
CG - Corporate Graded 36
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 24
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 12
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 4
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 4
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 3
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 3
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 3
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 3
ZA - Administrative 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 1

Starting Paygrade: $26,233.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $138,572.00 / 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
IllustratingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Industrial Property ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Military PayClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Miscellaneous Clerk and AssistantClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
General Legal and Kindred AdministrationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Paralegal Specialist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Paralegal Specialist was $63,202. Since then, the average pay has increased to $82,456 in 2018.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0950.

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