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Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2010

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $75,827.19* *Based on the 2010 average.

Paralegal Specialist was the 47th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2010, with 6,247 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2010, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $89,616.

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 1,669 $89,616.05
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,162 $69,319.06
Offices, Boards and Divisions 588 $60,848.37
Customs and Border Protection 287 $71,927.61
U.S. Trustee Program 273 $68,134.52
Federal Bureau of Investigation 264 $82,568.92
Internal Revenue Service 216 $68,147.78
Patent and Trademark Office 150 $72,369.58
Securities and Exchange Commission 99 $84,343.20
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 97 $58,975.47
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 92 $72,482.05
Small Business Administration 90 $68,004.79
Citizenship and Immigration Services 79 $65,105.97
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 79 $85,444.99
U.S. Coast Guard 75 $65,268.77
Federal Trade Commission 69 $49,208.70
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 57 $71,177.04
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 55 $76,852.25
Department of State 49 $79,935.78
Department of Energy 48 $75,393.96
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 47 $74,391.68
Environmental Protection Agency 46 $86,215.07
Food and Drug Administration 41 $109,161.90
Merit Systems Protection Board 39 $71,315.49
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 31 $67,666.23
Executive Office for Immigration Review 27 $63,976.07
Office of Secretary of Labor 27 $74,310.41
Board of Veterans Appeals 24 $68,225.33
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 19 $69,786.53
Office of Personnel Management 18 $74,561.06
Federal Aviation Administration 18 $80,146.06
Drug Enforcement Administration 18 $76,820.89
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 17 $100,573.47
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 16 $58,628.13
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 15 $88,217.07
Federal Election Commission 14 $72,727.43
Federal Communications Commission 14 $83,566.36
Surface Transportation Board 13 $90,259.62
Forest Service 12 $68,410.17
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 11 $71,074.55
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 11 $74,119.27
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 10 $86,432.90
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 10 $89,802.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 10 $63,616.60
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 10 $67,431.10
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 10 $73,125.30
National Labor Relations Board 8 $76,151.75
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 8 $77,141.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 8 $70,094.38
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 8 $82,956.25
U.S. International Trade Commission 7 $73,425.86
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 6 $76,414.00
Risk Management Agency 6 $102,945.67
Federal Student Aid 6 $89,507.83
Federal Emergency Management Agency 5 $90,419.40
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 5 $76,535.40
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $76,381.80
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $76,108.25
Federal Transit Administration 4 $84,420.50
Office of Justice Programs 4 $86,572.25
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 4 $80,774.50
Transportation Security Administration 4 $95,555.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $74,545.25
Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission 4 $59,100.00
Farm Service Agency 4 $98,710.50
National Science Foundation 3 $36,583.33
National Mediation Board 3 $65,542.33
John F. Kennedy Space Center 3 $73,138.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $68,184.67
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 3 $68,179.33
Office of Secretary of Transportation 3 $63,058.67
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 3 $81,860.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $73,913.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $59,252.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 3 $74,896.67
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $82,617.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $78,428.00
Departmental Offices 3 $83,008.33
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 2 $78,068.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 2 $87,052.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 2 $69,228.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $71,879.00
Bureau of Land Management 2 $66,498.00
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $72,510.50
2 $66,253.50
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 2 $81,168.50
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2 $88,571.50
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $38,142.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $79,723.50
U.S. Agency for International Development 2 $78,960.00
National Credit Union Administration 2 $67,311.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 2 $70,738.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 2 $83,069.50
Office of Comptroller of Currency 2 $96,587.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $74,958.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $48,271.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $74,958.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $73,216.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $68,712.00
Maritime Administration 1 $79,122.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $82,859.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $82,359.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 1 $115,223.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $102,104.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $65,486.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $57,408.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $79,122.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $97,936.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $97,333.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $51,630.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $77,739.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $62,467.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $109,807.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $77,040.00
Office of the Director 1 $64,548.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $44,209.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $77,040.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 1 $84,855.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $61,234.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $92,346.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $77,368.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $79,540.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 1 $62,773.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $68,045.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $77,368.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $62,467.00
International-American Foundation 1 $65,898.00
Indian Affairs 1 $95,487.00
National Park Service 1 $47,448.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $64,016.00
Ames Research Center 1 $97,751.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $61,369.00
Langley Research Center 1 $84,863.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $87,350.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 1 $53,773.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $81,779.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $148,510.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $94,837.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $75,827.19. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $179,700 in 2010.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,997
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 99
CG - Corporate Graded 79
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 18
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 10
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 10
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 8
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 5
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 4
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
OF - Ofc Of Fed Housing Enterprise Oversight 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 2
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 2
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
EG - Consultant (other) 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 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 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a Paralegal Specialist was $63,202. Since then, the average pay has increased to $89,618 in 2019.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0950.

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