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.

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
Bureau of 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
Bureau of Immigration & 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
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn 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
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 9 $75,283.67
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 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
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
Office of Secretary of Transportation 5 $67,057.40
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 4 $76,389.25
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 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
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $96,014.00
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
Agency for International Development 2 $82,744.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2 $67,159.00
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals 2 $73,281.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 2 $76,061.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 2 $91,980.50
Railroad Retirement Board 2 $72,653.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2 $85,101.50
Federal Transit Administration 2 $89,222.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $89,110.50
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $89,110.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $68,465.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1 $52,968.00
National Appeals Division 1 $69,136.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $78,924.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $94,110.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $91,657.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $72,533.00
Office of Administration 1 $88,054.00
Ames Research Center 1 $102,492.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $136,391.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $84,017.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $96,750.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $83,714.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $72,219.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $65,847.00
Office of the Director 1 $56,178.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $94,203.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $48,403.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $67,971.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $74,343.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $58,561.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $68,465.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $79,860.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $104,016.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $95,000.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $86,564.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $76,378.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $82,840.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $72,901.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $99,905.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $86,779.00
Indian Affairs 1 $93,333.00
Federal Railroad Administration 1 $72,219.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $118,069.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $87,642.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $80,716.00

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
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 16
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 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
ZA - Administrative 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 1
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 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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