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Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2005

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $65,599.75* *Based on the 2005 average.

Paralegal Specialist was the 50th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2005, with 5,647 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2005, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $78,019.

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 1,556 $78,018.69
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 992 $59,767.41
Offices, Boards and Divisions 446 $52,508.83
Federal Bureau of Investigation 277 $68,463.64
U.S. Trustee Program 241 $58,158.87
Customs and Border Protection 224 $66,905.15
Internal Revenue Service 170 $63,469.00
Patent and Trademark Office 169 $56,611.70
Securities and Exchange Commission 115 $67,171.95
Small Business Administration 106 $49,897.29
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 86 $58,579.70
U.S. Coast Guard 77 $54,906.39
Environmental Protection Agency 57 $69,061.37
Food and Drug Administration 56 $92,004.77
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 55 $61,982.29
Citizenship and Immigration Services 55 $55,624.20
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 53 $76,756.74
Federal Trade Commission 52 $44,230.63
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 51 $65,932.75
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 47 $50,960.28
Department of State 45 $65,973.14
Department of Energy 41 $62,887.68
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 37 $64,916.68
Merit Systems Protection Board 35 $62,356.86
Office of Secretary of Labor 28 $67,762.21
Federal Communications Commission 25 $62,625.48
Board of Veterans Appeals 24 $53,559.71
Drug Enforcement Administration 22 $64,273.05
Federal Aviation Administration 22 $62,490.36
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 21 $60,641.05
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 21 $54,752.76
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 20 $48,129.90
Surface Transportation Board 19 $72,300.89
Executive Office for Immigration Review 19 $55,460.47
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 19 $88,748.32
Forest Service 18 $61,538.44
Office of Personnel Management 18 $62,219.67
Federal Election Commission 15 $62,262.40
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 13 $58,388.92
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 13 $71,361.31
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 11 $54,294.73
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 11 $66,119.27
U.S. International Trade Commission 10 $53,244.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 10 $56,925.90
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 10 $62,431.40
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 10 $68,545.40
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 10 $61,833.50
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 9 $65,628.56
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 9 $67,546.89
National Labor Relations Board 9 $67,091.00
Office of Justice Programs 8 $46,307.75
Federal Student Aid 8 $85,088.75
Consumer Product Safety Commission 7 $59,850.00
Transportation Security Administration 7 $72,417.43
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 7 $57,569.14
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 6 $55,831.67
Risk Management Agency 6 $90,749.33
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 5 $59,069.80
Farm Service Agency 5 $73,005.40
Office of Thrift Supervision 4 $64,561.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 4 $55,174.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 4 $63,329.75
Bureau of Land Management 4 $80,716.75
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $61,277.67
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 3 $69,758.00
National Transportation Safety Board 3 $84,677.67
Federal Highway Administration 3 $73,318.33
Federal Transit Administration 3 $68,515.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 3 $67,452.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 3 $51,361.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $55,068.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $46,546.33
National Mediation Board 3 $57,309.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 3 $58,298.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $62,379.00
Veterans Health Administration 2 $43,148.50
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $79,256.50
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $35,452.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 2 $57,232.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $40,770.00
Maritime Administration 2 $59,464.00
Departmental Offices 2 $57,043.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $56,426.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 2 $64,711.00
Office of Special Counsel 2 $55,901.50
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2 $58,331.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $59,412.50
Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight 2 $58,308.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 2 $59,220.50
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $62,290.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $62,894.50
2 $52,035.50
National Science Foundation 2 $28,620.00
U.S. Secret Service 1 $69,173.00
Indian Affairs 1 $74,707.00
National Park Service 1 $55,595.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $77,781.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $59,464.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $49,145.00
Ames Research Center 1 $75,732.00
Langley Research Center 1 $70,670.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $62,886.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $78,925.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 1 $68,651.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $56,371.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $75,460.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $63,176.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $117,809.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $59,464.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $57,177.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $71,269.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $56,057.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $94,738.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $75,460.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 1 $82,259.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $43,365.00
Office for Civil Rights 1 $34,920.00
Council on Environmental Quality/Office of Environmental Quality 1 $62,886.00
Office of the Director 1 $55,966.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $42,106.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $52,468.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $69,173.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $52,468.00
Antitrust Modernization Commission 1 $42,000.00
Departmental Administration 1 $68,209.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $62,962.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $64,981.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $50,590.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 1 $68,209.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $79,652.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $71,269.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $61,213.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $62,962.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $60,338.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $65,599.75. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $155,956 in 2005.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,398
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 115
CG - Corporate Graded 53
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 16
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 12
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 10
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 8
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 7
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 6
ES - Senior Executive Service 4
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 4
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 4
EG - Consultant (other) 2
OF - Ofc Of Fed Housing Enterprise Oversight 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1
EX - Executive Pay 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 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 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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