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Paralegal Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "Paralegal Specialist"

How much does a Paralegal Specialist in the federal government get paid? $79,269.58* *Based on the 2015 average.
5,242 EMPLOYEES
$414.18M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Paralegal Specialist was the 54th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 5,242 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2015, the Social Security Administration hired the most employees titled Paralegal Specialist, with an average salary of $93,021.

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 1,246 $93,021.06
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1,109 $72,494.07
Offices, Boards and Divisions 457 $66,499.06
Customs and Border Protection 304 $76,043.04
U.S. Trustee Program 244 $72,723.64
Federal Bureau of Investigation 239 $88,141.36
Internal Revenue Service 150 $74,592.69
Patent and Trademark Office 127 $80,437.22
Small Business Administration 111 $62,791.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 90 $114,004.77
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 81 $64,868.99
Federal Trade Commission 72 $48,656.04
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 68 $77,937.35
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 66 $77,878.32
U.S. Coast Guard 64 $68,594.14
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 53 $71,706.26
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 50 $102,696.74
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 47 $68,737.98
Merit Systems Protection Board 41 $73,213.98
Office of Personnel Management 38 $63,830.53
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 37 $70,342.08
Environmental Protection Agency 34 $89,375.06
Office of Secretary of Labor 29 $75,715.90
Department of Energy 26 $81,632.58
Citizenship and Immigration Services 21 $86,074.29
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 19 $64,025.05
Food and Drug Administration 17 $90,939.12
Drug Enforcement Administration 16 $79,987.88
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 16 $0.00
Federal Aviation Administration 16 $83,798.13
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 15 $107,771.40
Executive Office for Immigration Review 14 $72,937.00
Federal Election Commission 13 $77,284.46
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 13 $81,229.46
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 12 $72,924.42
Surface Transportation Board 12 $80,149.17
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 11 $71,854.27
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 10 $95,777.20
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 10 $77,440.40
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 10 $79,607.90
Board of Veterans Appeals 9 $75,131.44
Federal Communications Commission 9 $92,828.22
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 9 $71,019.89
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 9 $75,283.67
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 8 $62,574.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 8 $78,436.88
Forest Service 8 $81,446.63
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 8 $100,081.75
U.S. International Trade Commission 7 $69,769.29
National Labor Relations Board 6 $79,612.83
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 6 $77,445.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 6 $75,460.67
Office of Secretary of Transportation 5 $67,057.40
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $81,989.80
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 5 $81,476.40
Transportation Security Administration 5 $92,408.80
Risk Management Agency 5 $111,723.20
Departmental Offices 4 $91,292.25
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $71,003.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 4 $71,735.25
Federal Highway Administration 4 $83,636.50
Federal Student Aid 4 $93,718.75
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $85,444.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 4 $71,863.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 4 $76,389.25
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 3 $83,305.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 3 $68,942.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $74,190.67
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $82,197.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $88,261.33
U.S. Agency for International Development 2 $82,744.00
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals 2 $73,281.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 2 $91,980.50
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2 $85,101.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $89,110.50
Bureau of Land Management 2 $73,282.50
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $76,966.00
National Park Service 2 $60,655.00
National Mediation Board 2 $72,596.50
Langley Research Center 2 $73,738.50
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 2 $87,081.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $67,159.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 2 $76,061.00
Railroad Retirement Board 2 $72,653.00
Federal Transit Administration 2 $89,222.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $96,014.00
National Appeals Division 1 $69,136.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $72,533.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $84,017.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $65,847.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $67,971.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $79,860.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $86,564.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $72,901.00
Indian Affairs 1 $93,333.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $87,642.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $68,465.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $94,110.00
Ames Research Center 1 $102,492.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $83,714.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $94,203.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $58,561.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $104,016.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $76,378.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $99,905.00
Federal Railroad Administration 1 $72,219.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $80,716.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $52,968.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $91,657.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $136,391.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $72,219.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $48,403.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $68,465.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $95,000.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $82,840.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $86,779.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $118,069.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $89,110.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $78,924.00
Office of Administration 1 $88,054.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $96,750.00
Office of the Director 1 $56,178.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $74,343.00

Paralegal Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Paralegal Specialist is $79,269.58. The highest paid Paralegal Specialist made $170,221 in 2015.

Common Paralegal Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Paralegal Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,023
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 90
CG - Corporate Graded 50
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 16
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 16
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 10
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 8
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 7
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 4
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 3
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 1
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
ZA - Administrative 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 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Paralegal Specialist was $63,202. Since then, the average pay has increased to $87,098 in 2020.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0950.

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