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Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2014

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $78,949.30* *Based on the 2014 average.

Paralegal Specialist was the 72nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2014, with 5,321 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2014, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $92,109.

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 1,351 $92,109.47
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,072 $71,930.64
Offices, Boards and Divisions 416 $67,783.57
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 310 $74,777.73
U.S. Trustee Program 244 $71,616.42
Federal Bureau of Investigation 242 $86,909.59
Internal Revenue Service 160 $72,892.05
Small Business Administration 127 $63,146.25
Patent and Trademark Office 124 $79,474.46
Securities and Exchange Commission 94 $96,724.69
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 82 $63,033.15
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 68 $76,863.31
Federal Trade Commission 66 $48,710.18
U.S. Coast Guard 65 $67,609.42
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 60 $76,946.42
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 51 $72,136.94
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 51 $100,261.98
Department of State 46 $84,870.07
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 41 $69,698.37
Merit Systems Protection Board 41 $73,517.12
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 39 $71,021.31
Environmental Protection Agency 36 $88,999.89
Office of Secretary of Labor 28 $74,983.32
Department of Energy 27 $83,092.07
Office of Personnel Management 23 $68,969.83
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 19 $0.00
Food and Drug Administration 18 $119,318.28
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 18 $62,799.39
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 17 $84,798.88
Federal Aviation Administration 15 $84,754.47
Executive Office for Immigration Review 15 $70,536.07
Drug Enforcement Administration 14 $79,164.50
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 13 $77,976.85
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 13 $107,964.54
Federal Election Commission 13 $75,871.54
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 12 $72,501.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 11 $71,418.73
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 11 $72,412.27
Federal Communications Commission 11 $88,210.91
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 10 $73,100.90
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 10 $77,865.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 9 $96,591.89
Surface Transportation Board 8 $84,380.00
Board of Veterans Appeals 8 $74,683.63
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 8 $76,472.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 8 $74,076.00
National Labor Relations Board 8 $78,072.13
Forest Service 8 $80,044.50
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 8 $95,578.63
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 8 $58,299.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 7 $67,942.29
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 7 $81,025.71
Risk Management Agency 6 $109,255.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $77,085.83
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 6 $73,411.83
Federal Highway Administration 5 $77,752.80
Federal Emergency Management Agency 5 $70,671.60
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 5 $79,559.60
Transportation Security Administration 5 $89,485.00
Departmental Offices 4 $92,397.25
Federal Student Aid 4 $91,407.50
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $80,967.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 4 $67,272.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 3 $69,685.33
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $79,846.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $79,353.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $72,932.33
Bureau of Land Management 3 $65,392.67
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $76,475.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 3 $78,917.67
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $64,546.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $87,383.67
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 3 $78,223.67
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 2 $85,931.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 2 $111,343.50
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 2 $73,055.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $86,963.50
Federal Transit Administration 2 $88,334.50
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $86,245.00
Agency for International Development 2 $80,912.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 2 $61,825.00
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $76,870.50
National Park Service 2 $60,012.50
National Mediation Board 2 $83,183.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 2 $87,813.50
Langley Research Center 2 $71,170.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2 $81,342.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $82,019.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $90,744.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 1 $101,924.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $113,904.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $55,909.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $71,504.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $78,762.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $88,224.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $99,386.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $39,179.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $85,703.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $73,607.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $63,091.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $52,146.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $70,916.00
Office of Administration 1 $84,283.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $82,600.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $69,497.00
Indian Affairs 1 $92,402.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $93,264.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $98,916.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $80,662.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $81,799.00
Office of the Director 1 $52,146.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $77,813.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $63,091.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $67,787.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $73,607.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 1 $76,063.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $82,239.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $87,000.00
Maritime Administration 1 $82,019.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $53,884.00
Ames Research Center 1 $101,471.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $88,224.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $81,336.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $80,854.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $133,427.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $78,949.30. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $181,500 in 2014.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,096
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 94
CG - Corporate Graded 51
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 19
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 15
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 11
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 8
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 6
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 4
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 1
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 1
EG - Consultant (other) 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1

Starting Paygrade: $26,915.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $142,180.00 / 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
IllustratingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Industrial Property ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Military PayClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Miscellaneous Clerk and AssistantClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
General Legal and Kindred AdministrationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Paralegal Specialist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Paralegal Specialist was $63,202. Since then, the average pay has increased to $82,456 in 2018.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0950.

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