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Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2008

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $71,416.85* *Based on the 2008 average.

Paralegal Specialist was the 47th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2008, with 5,816 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2008, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $87,016.

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 1,397 $87,016.30
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,056 $65,368.04
Offices, Boards and Divisions 548 $56,899.87
U.S. Trustee Program 279 $63,772.19
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 271 $71,206.34
Federal Bureau of Investigation 260 $78,841.14
Internal Revenue Service 196 $64,895.60
Small Business Administration 151 $57,574.36
Patent and Trademark Office 136 $65,893.86
Securities and Exchange Commission 94 $79,465.53
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 92 $66,916.46
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 83 $54,961.69
U.S. Coast Guard 78 $61,741.44
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 73 $59,742.67
Federal Trade Commission 69 $45,780.70
Environmental Protection Agency 67 $67,053.40
Department of Energy 49 $70,446.55
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 48 $74,048.02
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 46 $68,563.61
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 46 $84,454.63
Food and Drug Administration 45 $105,709.76
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 44 $71,204.59
Department of State 43 $71,941.74
Merit Systems Protection Board 35 $67,719.77
Board of Veterans Appeals 30 $61,588.53
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 29 $64,517.03
Office of Secretary of Labor 27 $69,649.33
Drug Enforcement Administration 23 $73,404.13
Executive Office for Immigration Review 22 $63,461.50
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 22 $93,234.05
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 21 $62,214.29
Federal Communications Commission 20 $74,605.95
Federal Aviation Administration 19 $72,928.37
Surface Transportation Board 18 $79,901.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 18 $53,980.72
Office of Personnel Management 17 $71,977.82
Forest Service 17 $69,945.59
Federal Election Commission 16 $68,870.31
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 13 $84,785.62
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 13 $66,358.08
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 12 $70,890.17
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 12 $61,342.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 11 $64,427.18
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 11 $65,056.64
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 9 $80,702.33
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 9 $78,803.67
National Labor Relations Board 8 $71,518.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 8 $60,631.63
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 7 $71,543.29
Federal Emergency Management Agency 7 $81,156.43
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 7 $71,252.29
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 7 $65,209.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 7 $69,325.57
Consumer Product Safety Commission 6 $67,355.00
Risk Management Agency 6 $102,628.50
Office of Justice Programs 5 $67,901.20
Federal Student Aid 5 $98,152.80
Transportation Security Administration 5 $77,409.80
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 5 $70,083.40
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 4 $73,353.00
Farm Service Agency 4 $87,263.00
National Mediation Board 4 $66,090.25
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 4 $64,102.00
Federal Transit Administration 4 $71,649.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $67,674.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $52,422.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 3 $73,640.67
Bureau of Land Management 3 $85,905.67
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $75,309.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $68,110.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $71,788.33
John F. Kennedy Space Center 3 $65,427.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 3 $63,233.33
Federal Highway Administration 3 $69,325.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 3 $77,258.00
Departmental Offices 3 $71,699.67
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 3 $76,024.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $67,506.67
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $56,605.50
Bureau of the Public Debt 2 $76,189.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $80,996.00
Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight 2 $73,448.50
National Credit Union Administration 2 $52,300.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 2 $61,760.50
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $90,475.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $66,572.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 2 $73,728.50
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $70,253.50
2 $60,942.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $65,967.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 2 $72,682.00
Veterans Health Administration 2 $65,538.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2 $73,809.00
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $35,540.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $54,494.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 1 $94,025.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $86,721.00
International-American Foundation 1 $61,146.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $83,720.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $82,961.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $67,908.00
Indian Affairs 1 $88,584.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $76,742.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $67,908.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $66,851.00
National Park Service 1 $36,822.00
National Science Foundation 1 $31,751.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 1 $76,742.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $62,337.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $68,640.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $55,275.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $71,788.00
Maritime Administration 1 $70,148.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $69,848.00
Ames Research Center 1 $89,231.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $88,212.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1 $72,590.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $72,486.00
Langley Research Center 1 $78,381.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $90,698.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $74,416.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $81,394.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $80,318.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $83,720.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $66,232.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $71,348.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $73,136.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $64,008.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $108,741.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $53,385.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $92,059.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $141,074.00
U.S. Secret Service 1 $81,439.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $72,364.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $39,330.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $64,027.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $61,556.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $71,416.85. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $190,000 in 2008.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,596
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 94
CG - Corporate Graded 46
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 14
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 13
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 9
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 6
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 6
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 5
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 3
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 3
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 3
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 3
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
OF - Ofc Of Fed Housing Enterprise Oversight 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
EG - Consultant (other) 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 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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