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Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2013

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $77,802.19* *Based on the 2013 average.

Paralegal Specialist was the 54th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2013, with 5,608 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2013, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $90,691.

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 1,477 $90,690.65
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,103 $70,779.86
Offices, Boards and Divisions 437 $65,673.04
Customs and Border Protection 312 $73,901.53
Federal Bureau of Investigation 266 $85,077.51
U.S. Trustee Program 255 $70,031.19
Internal Revenue Service 159 $72,428.11
Small Business Administration 157 $61,154.55
Patent and Trademark Office 127 $78,361.56
Securities and Exchange Commission 100 $91,696.88
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 84 $62,338.25
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 77 $74,955.27
Federal Trade Commission 68 $47,467.85
U.S. Coast Guard 64 $67,175.50
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 62 $95,990.73
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 58 $78,027.17
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 49 $72,207.02
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 45 $67,413.42
Department of State 43 $85,319.63
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 41 $71,527.05
Environmental Protection Agency 40 $89,169.30
Merit Systems Protection Board 35 $74,595.06
Department of Energy 28 $80,046.93
Office of Secretary of Labor 27 $74,402.59
Office of Personnel Management 26 $64,704.46
Food and Drug Administration 21 $113,780.05
Citizenship and Immigration Services 20 $79,696.70
Drug Enforcement Administration 20 $74,317.50
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 19 $61,485.21
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 18 $101,412.89
Federal Aviation Administration 17 $81,670.12
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 16 $71,641.19
Executive Office for Immigration Review 13 $71,599.15
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 13 $75,203.62
Federal Election Commission 13 $74,157.23
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 12 $69,589.92
Federal Communications Commission 12 $84,667.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 11 $68,872.18
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 11 $0.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 11 $92,636.27
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 10 $75,836.40
Forest Service 9 $78,486.78
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 9 $84,433.78
Surface Transportation Board 9 $88,699.22
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 8 $86,898.13
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 8 $70,051.13
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 8 $75,233.38
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 8 $71,736.38
Board of Veterans Appeals 8 $72,888.38
National Labor Relations Board 7 $80,360.29
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 7 $91,365.57
Transportation Security Administration 6 $81,988.83
Risk Management Agency 6 $107,225.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $68,479.20
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 5 $77,982.80
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 5 $69,967.60
Federal Highway Administration 4 $76,292.50
Departmental Offices 4 $89,911.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 4 $64,943.25
Federal Student Aid 4 $89,136.75
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $80,163.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 4 $74,948.25
Federal Emergency Management Agency 4 $87,646.75
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $85,290.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $84,855.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $77,399.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $71,194.33
John F. Kennedy Space Center 3 $77,498.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $60,001.33
Office of Secretary of Transportation 3 $68,299.67
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $79,054.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 2 $62,221.50
Bureau of Land Management 2 $67,455.00
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $75,152.50
National Park Service 2 $57,670.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $85,709.00
National Mediation Board 2 $81,111.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 2 $83,915.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 2 $71,835.00
Railroad Retirement Board 2 $74,440.50
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 2 $83,607.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2 $79,090.50
Federal Housing Finance Agency 2 $107,155.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $84,854.50
National Credit Union Administration 2 $82,846.50
Office of Justice Programs 2 $94,021.50
Federal Transit Administration 2 $87,459.50
Office of Comptroller of Currency 2 $110,277.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $77,040.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $77,234.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $46,431.00
Office of Administration 1 $79,864.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $92,341.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $70,794.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $75,689.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $59,621.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $77,368.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $82,359.00
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 $51,630.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $112,774.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $84,855.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $82,359.00
Indian Affairs 1 $91,487.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $77,368.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $67,114.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $79,958.00
National Science Foundation 1 $34,415.00
Ames Research Center 1 $100,466.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $76,302.00
Langley Research Center 1 $87,157.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $89,846.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $55,354.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $85,336.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $58,511.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $94,969.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $77,040.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $75,308.00
Maritime Administration 1 $81,204.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $87,350.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 1 $100,914.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $42,671.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $77,802.19. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $165,300 in 2013.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,373
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 100
CG - Corporate Graded 62
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 17
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 11
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 9
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 7
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 6
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 5
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 4
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 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
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 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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