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Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2004

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $63,202.12* *Based on the 2004 average.
5,712 EMPLOYEES
$360.5M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Paralegal Specialist was the 51st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2004, with 5,712 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2004, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $74,458.

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 1,616 $74,457.96
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 919 $58,779.30
Offices, Boards and Divisions 483 $50,523.80
Federal Bureau of Investigation 294 $65,035.48
U.S. Trustee Program 242 $55,564.62
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 225 $63,995.15
Patent and Trademark Office 195 $54,237.21
Internal Revenue Service 181 $60,619.66
Securities and Exchange Commission 111 $62,821.24
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 100 $53,007.43
Small Business Administration 89 $51,938.62
U.S. Coast Guard 75 $53,864.64
Environmental Protection Agency 71 $56,904.08
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 68 $73,079.22
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 56 $59,347.04
Food and Drug Administration 55 $87,629.00
Federal Trade Commission 53 $43,447.94
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 51 $62,872.24
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 46 $49,305.72
Department of State 42 $64,290.00
Department of Energy 41 $59,195.63
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 39 $62,461.64
Merit Systems Protection Board 37 $58,087.32
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 32 $60,938.88
Office of Secretary of Labor 29 $64,663.52
Federal Aviation Administration 24 $58,616.29
Board of Veterans Appeals 23 $51,027.22
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 22 $57,038.59
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 21 $53,155.24
Drug Enforcement Administration 21 $60,572.38
Federal Communications Commission 21 $63,719.57
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 21 $83,392.52
Office of Personnel Management 19 $59,703.05
Federal Election Commission 19 $57,567.63
Surface Transportation Board 18 $70,959.94
Executive Office for Immigration Review 17 $55,736.35
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 16 $52,485.56
Forest Service 16 $56,641.81
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 12 $70,214.42
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 12 $56,585.08
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 11 $61,343.09
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 10 $63,702.50
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 10 $64,847.60
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 10 $64,586.80
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 10 $55,705.10
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 10 $57,212.10
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 9 $64,083.78
U.S. International Trade Commission 8 $62,035.88
Office of Justice Programs 8 $43,077.63
Federal Student Aid 8 $80,234.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 8 $55,446.88
National Labor Relations Board 7 $57,750.29
Consumer Product Safety Commission 7 $62,369.43
Transportation Security Administration 7 $66,888.14
Risk Management Agency 6 $85,575.83
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 5 $52,961.60
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 5 $57,388.20
National Park Service 5 $51,244.60
Farm Service Agency 5 $67,666.20
Federal Highway Administration 5 $62,742.20
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 5 $55,593.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 4 $60,802.00
Bureau of Land Management 4 $77,136.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 4 $52,617.50
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 4 $64,315.50
National Transportation Safety Board 3 $77,223.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $52,703.00
Federal Transit Administration 3 $65,487.33
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 3 $54,217.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $59,586.33
Program Support Center 3 $83,325.67
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 3 $69,496.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $59,803.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 3 $65,071.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 3 $48,252.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $41,670.33
Indian Affairs 3 $77,728.67
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $59,509.50
2 $49,481.00
Federal Maritime Commission 2 $55,849.00
Langley Research Center 2 $63,553.00
National Mediation Board 2 $55,257.50
John F. Kennedy Space Center 2 $64,530.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $52,949.00
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $30,890.50
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $75,414.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $54,809.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 2 $60,710.50
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 2 $65,769.00
Maritime Administration 2 $55,652.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 2 $71,578.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $56,637.00
Federal Housing Finance Board 1 $87,798.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $70,898.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $145,600.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $59,024.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $40,600.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $113,597.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $56,559.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $74,785.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $41,815.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 1 $44,439.00
Ames Research Center 1 $72,275.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $68,722.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $66,701.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $55,652.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $59,024.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $50,178.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $53,356.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $59,024.00
U.S. Secret Service 1 $64,680.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $89,621.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $57,681.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 1 $70,743.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $72,764.00
Employment Standards Administration 1 $52,279.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $50,593.00
Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight 1 $0.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 1 $76,916.00
Council on Environmental Quality/Office of Environmental Quality 1 $52,279.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $40,454.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $41,815.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $36,379.00
Office of the Director 1 $60,710.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $75,995.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $61,712.00
Departmental Administration 1 $65,769.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $50,593.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $72,764.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $75,000.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $60,710.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $63,202.12. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $145,600 in 2004.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,452
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 111
CG - Corporate Graded 68
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 21
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 12
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 10
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 10
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 7
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 4
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 3
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
EG - Consultant (other) 2
** - 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
TS - Federal Housing Finance Board Step Sys. 1
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 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 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Paralegal Specialist was $63,202. Since then, the average pay has increased to $74,611 in 2017.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0950.

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