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Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2009

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $74,168.72* *Based on the 2009 average.

Paralegal Specialist was the 48th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2009, with 6,071 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2009, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $88,524.

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 1,540 $88,524.32
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,112 $67,639.01
Offices, Boards and Divisions 588 $59,202.11
Customs and Border Protection 315 $72,823.80
U.S. Trustee Program 279 $66,799.42
Federal Bureau of Investigation 263 $81,837.76
Internal Revenue Service 221 $64,311.24
Patent and Trademark Office 153 $69,447.03
Small Business Administration 96 $65,669.44
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 93 $57,324.94
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 93 $69,697.89
Securities and Exchange Commission 92 $85,282.17
U.S. Coast Guard 80 $64,217.41
Citizenship and Immigration Services 69 $64,409.10
Federal Trade Commission 64 $49,646.20
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 56 $86,028.73
Environmental Protection Agency 50 $80,361.32
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 49 $72,212.65
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 48 $76,050.27
Food and Drug Administration 48 $105,495.58
Department of Energy 47 $74,521.57
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 46 $71,116.22
Department of State 45 $74,851.24
Merit Systems Protection Board 34 $73,086.47
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 29 $65,245.79
Office of Secretary of Labor 28 $71,066.39
Board of Veterans Appeals 28 $64,520.61
Executive Office for Immigration Review 22 $67,691.95
Office of Personnel Management 20 $74,198.50
Drug Enforcement Administration 20 $77,164.05
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 19 $65,902.11
Federal Communications Commission 19 $77,963.16
Federal Aviation Administration 19 $76,387.42
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 18 $98,940.33
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 17 $57,530.82
Surface Transportation Board 17 $84,300.59
Federal Election Commission 16 $70,795.06
Forest Service 14 $73,533.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 12 $75,788.25
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 12 $89,442.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 11 $64,996.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 11 $69,384.73
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 11 $71,428.55
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 10 $85,026.80
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 10 $71,430.00
National Labor Relations Board 8 $76,058.13
U.S. International Trade Commission 8 $67,022.75
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 8 $77,709.50
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 7 $77,253.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 7 $69,037.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 6 $75,154.17
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 6 $74,423.17
Risk Management Agency 5 $101,578.80
Federal Student Aid 5 $104,377.20
Transportation Security Administration 5 $85,330.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 5 $87,995.60
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 5 $74,636.80
National Mediation Board 5 $70,199.80
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $70,665.40
Federal Transit Administration 5 $73,029.20
Farm Service Agency 4 $95,157.75
Office of Justice Programs 4 $81,911.25
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $71,077.50
National Science Foundation 4 $33,269.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 4 $68,227.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $71,496.75
Departmental Offices 4 $75,177.25
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $78,785.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $79,984.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $76,570.33
John F. Kennedy Space Center 3 $70,390.00
National Archives and Records Administration 3 $44,276.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 3 $66,306.67
Federal Highway Administration 3 $74,250.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 3 $77,972.67
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 3 $77,729.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $71,976.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $57,303.67
Bureau of Land Management 3 $57,730.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 2 $500.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 2 $66,341.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $70,325.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 2 $52,088.50
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $75,712.50
2 $63,850.50
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 2 $78,845.50
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2 $79,810.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 2 $78,867.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 2 $93,416.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $71,151.00
National Credit Union Administration 2 $59,559.50
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $98,464.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $76,755.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 2 $71,120.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 2 $75,618.50
Rural Utilities Service 1 $73,183.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 1 $80,409.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $77,248.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $92,723.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $95,026.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $75,715.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $87,717.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $75,215.00
Office of the Director 1 $60,989.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $73,554.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $66,025.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 1 $112,117.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $99,018.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $51,158.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $89,825.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $63,260.00
National Park Service 1 $46,625.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $80,409.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $57,129.00
Ames Research Center 1 $93,075.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $56,534.00
Langley Research Center 1 $81,133.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $82,845.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 1 $52,994.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $78,107.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $144,997.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $69,118.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $90,154.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 1 $67,086.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $73,183.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $69,612.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $67,686.00
Maritime Administration 1 $75,515.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $77,973.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $80,409.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $87,717.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $75,091.00
U.S. Secret Service 1 $87,346.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $63,580.00
International-American Foundation 1 $62,739.00
Indian Affairs 1 $89,607.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $74,168.72. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $177,000 in 2009.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,853
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 92
CG - Corporate Graded 56
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 19
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 11
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 10
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 4
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 4
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 4
EG - Consultant (other) 2
** - 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 1
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 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

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0950.

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