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Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2007

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $68,848.86* *Based on the 2007 average.

Paralegal Specialist was the 47th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2007, with 5,683 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2007, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $83,677.

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 1,429 $83,677.07
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 964 $63,157.60
Offices, Boards and Divisions 495 $55,248.52
U.S. Trustee Program 285 $60,680.74
Federal Bureau of Investigation 265 $75,332.49
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 256 $69,303.30
Small Business Administration 185 $51,844.64
Internal Revenue Service 164 $65,890.28
Patent and Trademark Office 128 $61,942.66
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 91 $63,670.93
Securities and Exchange Commission 87 $75,623.46
U.S. Coast Guard 83 $58,780.87
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 74 $52,700.61
Environmental Protection Agency 72 $63,783.68
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 68 $56,433.44
Federal Trade Commission 60 $44,132.93
Food and Drug Administration 54 $99,992.30
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 51 $71,211.71
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 50 $65,437.82
Department of State 46 $66,168.63
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 46 $81,664.41
Department of Energy 43 $69,188.40
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 39 $68,035.69
Merit Systems Protection Board 35 $66,568.34
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 28 $64,611.79
Board of Veterans Appeals 27 $58,276.44
Office of Secretary of Labor 27 $65,857.52
Executive Office for Immigration Review 24 $57,791.50
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 23 $89,634.17
Drug Enforcement Administration 21 $69,464.29
Federal Communications Commission 20 $71,288.25
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 20 $60,555.90
Federal Aviation Administration 20 $68,822.15
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 19 $51,275.74
Surface Transportation Board 18 $73,665.00
Forest Service 17 $65,879.29
Office of Personnel Management 17 $68,136.24
Federal Election Commission 17 $65,975.24
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 14 $56,700.57
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 13 $62,000.77
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 12 $69,022.08
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 12 $60,761.17
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 11 $82,026.18
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 11 $61,417.27
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 11 $67,360.45
Federal Emergency Management Agency 10 $75,874.10
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 9 $69,871.67
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 8 $74,824.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 8 $58,091.13
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 8 $62,623.13
National Labor Relations Board 8 $67,750.75
U.S. International Trade Commission 7 $59,560.71
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 7 $66,445.57
Risk Management Agency 5 $96,043.20
Transportation Security Administration 5 $75,552.80
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 5 $65,790.60
Federal Student Aid 5 $93,016.80
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 4 $57,063.50
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $65,430.25
Farm Service Agency 4 $76,120.25
Office of Justice Programs 4 $69,129.25
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 4 $66,784.25
Consumer Product Safety Commission 4 $71,309.50
Federal Transit Administration 4 $65,584.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $65,303.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 4 $70,443.25
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $56,369.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 3 $56,747.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 3 $63,910.67
Bureau of the Public Debt 3 $72,031.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 3 $55,808.33
Departmental Offices 3 $66,961.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $54,669.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $48,376.67
Bureau of Land Management 3 $73,900.67
National Science Foundation 3 $30,697.33
National Mediation Board 3 $66,392.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 3 $64,373.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $68,087.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $59,852.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $70,106.00
Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight 2 $67,905.00
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $67,953.00
2 $58,317.50
National Credit Union Administration 2 $49,205.50
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $86,588.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 2 $70,364.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $68,875.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 2 $64,900.50
Office of Management (Department of Education) 2 $68,706.00
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $34,013.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $53,248.50
Federal Highway Administration 2 $68,688.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $80,373.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $54,675.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $68,706.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $59,921.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $64,992.00
International-American Foundation 1 $55,706.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $79,397.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $45,189.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $62,508.00
Indian Affairs 1 $78,620.00
Agency for International Development 1 $55,249.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $77,897.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $52,180.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $65,692.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 1 $72,421.00
Ames Research Center 1 $83,162.00
Maritime Administration 1 $67,349.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $71,219.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $84,575.00
Langley Research Center 1 $76,603.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1 $66,767.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $53,714.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $77,897.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $71,219.00
Financial Management Service 1 $95,279.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $77,897.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $66,849.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $85,569.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $61,813.00
Council on Environmental Quality/Office of Environmental Quality 1 $59,421.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $66,849.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $68,653.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $66,767.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $105,750.00
Office of the Director 1 $46,041.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $128,757.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $52,747.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $87,338.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $66,849.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $59,421.00
U.S. Secret Service 1 $75,671.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 1 $71,219.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $49,603.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $68,848.86. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $168,000 in 2007.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,467
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 87
CG - Corporate Graded 46
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 15
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 10
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 8
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 8
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 6
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 5
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 4
ES - Senior Executive Service 4
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 4
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 4
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
OF - Ofc Of Fed Housing Enterprise Oversight 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
EG - Consultant (other) 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 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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