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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.

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
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
Citizenship and Immigration 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
Immigration and 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 Senior Coordinator for Midwest 10 $55,705.10
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 10 $57,212.10
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 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
Consumer Product Safety Commission 7 $62,369.43
Transportation Security Administration 7 $66,888.14
National Labor Relations Board 7 $57,750.29
Risk Management Agency 6 $85,575.83
Federal Highway Administration 5 $62,742.20
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 5 $55,593.00
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
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 4 $64,315.50
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
National Transportation Safety Board 3 $77,223.33
Federal Transit Administration 3 $65,487.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $52,703.00
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
Langley Research Center 2 $63,553.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 2 $64,530.00
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $30,890.50
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $54,809.00
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
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $59,509.50
2 $49,481.00
Federal Maritime Commission 2 $55,849.00
National Mediation Board 2 $55,257.50
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $52,949.00
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $75,414.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 2 $60,710.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $50,593.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $40,454.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $75,995.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $72,764.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $70,898.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $113,597.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 1 $44,439.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $55,652.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $53,356.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $89,621.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $72,764.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 1 $76,916.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $36,379.00
Departmental Administration 1 $65,769.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $60,710.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $59,024.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $74,785.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $68,722.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $59,024.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $59,024.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $57,681.00
Employment Standards Administration 1 $52,279.00
Council on Environmental Quality/Office of Environmental Quality 1 $52,279.00
Office of the Director 1 $60,710.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $50,593.00
Federal Housing Finance Board 1 $87,798.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $40,600.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $41,815.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $66,701.00
National Institutes of Health 1 $50,178.00
U.S. Secret Service 1 $64,680.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 1 $70,743.00
Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight 1 $0.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $41,815.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $61,712.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $75,000.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $145,600.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $56,559.00
Ames Research Center 1 $72,275.00

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
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 10
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 10
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 7
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 4
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 3
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 3
EG - Consultant (other) 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
** - 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1
TS - Federal Housing Finance Board Step Sys. 1
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1

Starting Paygrade: $27,184.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / 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 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a Paralegal Specialist was $63,202. Since then, the average pay has increased to $89,618 in 2019.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0950.

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