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Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2006

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $65,844.55* *Based on the 2006 average.

Paralegal Specialist was the 45th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2006, with 5,968 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2006, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $81,157.

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 1,495 $81,157.14
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 959 $61,832.07
Offices, Boards and Divisions 479 $53,644.64
Small Business Administration 466 $41,474.59
Federal Bureau of Investigation 280 $71,689.11
U.S. Trustee Program 279 $58,534.17
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 246 $68,023.52
Internal Revenue Service 170 $65,376.58
Patent and Trademark Office 119 $61,580.40
Securities and Exchange Commission 101 $72,523.58
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 89 $61,186.26
U.S. Coast Guard 83 $57,545.30
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 65 $55,501.62
Environmental Protection Agency 59 $67,484.71
Federal Trade Commission 59 $45,392.98
Food and Drug Administration 56 $95,153.53
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 54 $52,701.28
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 53 $68,854.60
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 49 $64,163.80
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 47 $78,505.13
Department of Energy 42 $65,672.93
Department of State 40 $69,680.58
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 40 $66,250.40
Merit Systems Protection Board 36 $64,044.17
Board of Veterans Appeals 29 $56,093.66
Office of Secretary of Labor 26 $63,729.27
Federal Communications Commission 23 $66,691.48
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 23 $49,557.35
Drug Enforcement Administration 22 $66,112.36
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 21 $88,819.71
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 21 $57,188.33
Federal Aviation Administration 20 $66,505.70
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 19 $62,719.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 19 $57,691.63
Office of Personnel Management 19 $65,358.16
Surface Transportation Board 19 $72,976.53
Federal Election Commission 17 $62,630.29
Forest Service 17 $64,269.47
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 13 $55,450.54
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 12 $59,051.67
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 12 $74,696.08
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 11 $63,636.18
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 11 $67,682.91
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 11 $59,002.82
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 10 $62,650.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 9 $64,478.00
Federal Student Aid 8 $89,173.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 8 $68,306.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 8 $55,035.63
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 7 $55,006.14
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 7 $61,865.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 7 $73,546.57
Office of Justice Programs 6 $54,300.83
National Labor Relations Board 6 $61,812.00
Risk Management Agency 6 $95,103.83
Transportation Security Administration 5 $75,937.80
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 5 $62,150.80
Federal Transit Administration 4 $61,639.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 4 $66,206.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 4 $64,783.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 4 $63,731.50
Bureau of Land Management 4 $83,393.00
National Science Foundation 4 $29,604.00
National Mediation Board 4 $62,054.25
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 4 $61,999.75
Consumer Product Safety Commission 4 $67,818.75
Farm Service Agency 3 $79,989.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 3 $62,113.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $65,129.33
Federal Emergency Management Agency 3 $92,676.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $61,332.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 3 $54,241.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $49,426.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $52,013.00
3 $48,809.67
Bureau of the Public Debt 3 $70,559.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 2 $58,923.50
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $33,137.50
Antitrust Modernization Commission 2 $43,000.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $106,755.00
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $83,270.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 2 $47,099.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $61,852.00
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $103,539.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 2 $66,938.50
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $46,262.50
Office of Special Counsel 2 $57,827.50
Federal Highway Administration 2 $65,469.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $66,132.00
Maritime Administration 2 $62,415.00
Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight 2 $63,832.00
Departmental Offices 2 $59,009.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $59,791.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $58,318.00
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $65,958.50
Langley Research Center 1 $72,671.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1 $65,342.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $45,760.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $82,509.00
Departmental Administration 1 $70,558.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $83,948.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $70,558.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 1 $85,086.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 1 $65,129.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $65,287.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $46,026.00
U.S. Secret Service 1 $71,552.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $66,939.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $125,439.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $56,532.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $51,972.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $69,384.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $54,272.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $42,955.00
International-American Foundation 1 $54,272.00
Agency for International Development 1 $52,335.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $61,510.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $75,887.00
Indian Affairs 1 $76,912.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 1 $70,558.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $60,966.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $78,585.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $64,000.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $82,391.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $50,839.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $50,174.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $67,216.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $75,887.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1 $75,887.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $50,839.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $65,129.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $57,588.00
Ames Research Center 1 $80,734.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $67,216.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $65,129.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $98,396.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $65,844.55. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $194,820 in 2006.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,733
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 101
CG - Corporate Graded 47
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 15
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 11
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 11
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 7
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 7
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 7
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 5
ES - Senior Executive Service 4
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 4
OF - Ofc Of Fed Housing Enterprise Oversight 2
EG - Consultant (other) 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 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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