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Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2011

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $76,812.89* *Based on the 2011 average.

Paralegal Specialist was the 51st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2011, with 5,984 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2011, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $90,057.

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 1,602 $90,057.11
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,090 $70,324.75
Offices, Boards and Divisions 523 $62,912.11
Customs and Border Protection 286 $73,170.59
Federal Bureau of Investigation 273 $83,080.04
U.S. Trustee Program 269 $68,635.03
Internal Revenue Service 182 $71,491.13
Patent and Trademark Office 141 $74,728.36
Small Business Administration 108 $65,525.81
Securities and Exchange Commission 96 $85,504.72
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 91 $58,918.81
Citizenship and Immigration Services 90 $64,631.40
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 87 $73,167.59
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 78 $88,795.24
U.S. Coast Guard 72 $64,875.89
Federal Trade Commission 71 $48,409.55
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 62 $70,159.92
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 53 $77,678.02
Department of State 46 $82,849.35
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 45 $73,417.60
Environmental Protection Agency 45 $87,914.47
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 39 $68,898.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 39 $73,571.77
Food and Drug Administration 37 $105,846.16
Office of Secretary of Labor 29 $74,980.28
Department of Energy 29 $78,037.00
Board of Veterans Appeals 21 $69,480.33
Drug Enforcement Administration 19 $76,260.53
Federal Aviation Administration 18 $80,443.78
Executive Office for Immigration Review 18 $73,708.56
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 18 $100,494.39
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 17 $59,926.82
Federal Communications Commission 15 $83,025.93
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 15 $70,896.13
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 14 $74,258.71
Federal Election Commission 14 $73,696.07
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 13 $93,611.54
Office of Personnel Management 12 $71,458.75
Surface Transportation Board 12 $88,319.75
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 11 $68,195.91
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 11 $85,355.55
Forest Service 11 $75,232.70
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 10 $74,668.50
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 10 $80,324.30
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 10 $73,143.70
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 9 $71,316.44
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 8 $91,557.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 8 $79,619.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 8 $69,570.50
National Labor Relations Board 8 $77,492.50
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $73,809.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 7 $74,870.29
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 7 $0.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 7 $71,499.86
Federal Student Aid 7 $89,912.71
Risk Management Agency 6 $103,469.33
Federal Emergency Management Agency 5 $91,743.20
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 5 $76,727.60
Departmental Offices 5 $86,342.40
Transportation Security Administration 4 $94,814.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 4 $66,559.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 4 $76,075.75
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 4 $80,525.50
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $71,352.75
John F. Kennedy Space Center 4 $69,696.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $75,145.25
Office of Justice Programs 3 $84,300.67
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 3 $79,863.33
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $83,606.67
Farm Service Agency 3 $97,821.67
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $78,594.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $54,597.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 3 $65,644.67
National Science Foundation 3 $34,075.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $69,822.67
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 3 $70,960.67
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 2 $81,113.50
Federal Housing Finance Agency 2 $93,796.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $82,359.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 2 $70,375.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $72,905.50
U.S. Agency for International Development 2 $82,436.50
National Credit Union Administration 2 $71,076.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 2 $71,598.00
Bureau of Land Management 2 $67,955.00
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $72,980.00
National Mediation Board 2 $74,701.50
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 2 $82,749.50
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2 $89,339.50
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $42,209.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $80,371.00
Federal Transit Administration 2 $85,163.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 2 $82,580.50
Office of Comptroller of Currency 2 $100,529.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $74,958.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $60,040.50
Veterans Health Administration 2 $54,310.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $74,958.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $73,216.00
Maritime Administration 1 $79,122.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $82,359.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $84,855.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $103,872.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $64,548.00
Indian Affairs 1 $91,487.00
National Park Service 1 $63,115.00
1 $67,114.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $54,350.00
Ames Research Center 1 $97,751.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $73,102.00
Langley Research Center 1 $84,863.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $87,350.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $81,779.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $155,500.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $43,616.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $79,627.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $61,678.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $79,122.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $97,333.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $79,122.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $64,548.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $109,807.00
Office of Administration 1 $74,872.00
Office of the Director 1 $66,630.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $65,393.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $92,341.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $79,864.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $82,087.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 1 $74,872.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $67,716.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $80,964.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $76,812.89. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $179,700 in 2011.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,745
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 96
CG - Corporate Graded 78
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 18
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 9
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 8
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 7
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 4
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 4
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 3
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 2
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 2
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
EG - Consultant (other) 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 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

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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