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Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2012

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $77,245.14* *Based on the 2012 average.

Paralegal Specialist was the 51st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2012, with 5,943 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2012, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $90,617.

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 1,585 $90,616.66
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,083 $70,905.48
Offices, Boards and Divisions 463 $65,223.05
Customs and Border Protection 311 $72,944.22
Federal Bureau of Investigation 274 $83,846.40
U.S. Trustee Program 262 $69,888.45
Internal Revenue Service 170 $72,771.57
Small Business Administration 162 $60,240.83
Patent and Trademark Office 132 $77,227.73
Citizenship and Immigration Services 113 $66,025.63
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 91 $60,767.05
Securities and Exchange Commission 91 $88,667.42
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 81 $74,633.62
Federal Trade Commission 75 $47,561.04
U.S. Coast Guard 72 $64,167.68
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 64 $92,464.28
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 54 $71,224.93
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 52 $78,069.65
Department of State 50 $81,707.34
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 46 $66,292.11
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 46 $71,852.39
Environmental Protection Agency 44 $88,674.23
Food and Drug Administration 39 $107,363.41
Merit Systems Protection Board 37 $71,778.24
Department of Energy 30 $78,183.87
Office of Secretary of Labor 28 $74,971.71
Office of Personnel Management 26 $59,918.58
Drug Enforcement Administration 21 $75,123.81
Executive Office for Immigration Review 20 $66,019.10
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 18 $101,444.83
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 17 $60,765.65
Federal Aviation Administration 17 $81,539.24
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 15 $71,118.27
Federal Communications Commission 14 $83,211.14
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 13 $68,253.38
Federal Election Commission 13 $73,316.92
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 13 $75,041.23
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 12 $94,346.83
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 11 $72,437.73
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 11 $0.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 11 $66,662.45
Surface Transportation Board 11 $87,249.45
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 10 $84,491.30
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 10 $70,696.90
Forest Service 9 $78,780.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 8 $74,838.13
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 8 $71,447.50
National Labor Relations Board 8 $78,904.25
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 8 $91,152.13
Board of Veterans Appeals 8 $72,159.88
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 7 $79,198.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 7 $90,424.86
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 6 $68,299.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 6 $77,936.50
Risk Management Agency 5 $103,864.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 5 $77,990.80
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $67,718.80
Departmental Offices 5 $90,073.00
Transportation Security Administration 5 $86,241.40
Federal Emergency Management Agency 5 $94,619.20
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $80,163.00
Federal Student Aid 4 $85,603.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 4 $61,366.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $76,103.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $75,974.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $67,608.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $57,676.33
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $84,682.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 3 $76,912.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 3 $71,232.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $83,314.67
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $84,300.67
Farm Service Agency 3 $98,653.33
Office of Secretary of Transportation 3 $66,338.33
Bureau of Land Management 2 $68,005.00
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $74,355.50
National Park Service 2 $57,670.00
National Science Foundation 2 $34,385.50
National Mediation Board 2 $73,661.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 2 $82,749.50
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2 $91,800.50
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $34,075.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 2 $81,561.50
Federal Housing Finance Agency 2 $102,208.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $83,607.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 2 $83,607.00
National Credit Union Administration 2 $71,126.00
Office of Justice Programs 2 $91,497.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 2 $73,705.50
Federal Highway Administration 2 $81,419.50
Federal Transit Administration 2 $86,411.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 2 $102,737.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $74,958.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $70,581.50
Veterans Health Administration 2 $54,757.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $45,024.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $51,630.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $57,408.00
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 $66,630.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $112,774.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $84,855.00
Office of Administration 1 $77,368.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $92,001.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $77,040.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $75,308.00
Maritime Administration 1 $79,122.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $84,855.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $84,855.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 1 $98,886.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 1 $79,868.00
Indian Affairs 1 $91,487.00
1 $67,114.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $55,320.00
Ames Research Center 1 $97,751.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $75,194.00
Langley Research Center 1 $84,863.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $91,332.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $70,112.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $81,779.00
Office of the Director 1 $68,712.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $70,794.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $84,359.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 1 $51,630.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $75,689.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $84,109.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $77,245.14. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $179,700 in 2012.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,718
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 91
CG - Corporate Graded 64
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 17
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 11
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 8
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 6
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 4
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 4
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 3
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 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
ES - Senior Executive Service 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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