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Paralegal Salary

Paralegal Salary By Percentile
Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.15 $17.53 $22.59 $29.01 $36.26
Annual Wage $29,400 $36,500 $47,000 $60,300 $75,400

How much does a paralegal make? Paralegals perform various tasks on a daily basis that help lawyers prepare for hearings. They help investigate cases, perform research, write reports, and organize files. In order to become a paralegal, one can choose to earn an associate's degree in the subject, or if a prospective paralegal has a bachelor's degree in another subject, he or she can become certified as a paralegal. In some cases, lawyers will hire an employee and train him or her on the job.

Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics groups paralegals along with legal assistants. The BLS reports that the annual median salary for both jobs in 2012 was $46,990. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The top 10 percent of paralegals and legal assistants made $75,410 or more. The lowest 10 percent in the fields made $29,420 or less.

Factors Impacting Salary

Paralegals often earn a higher salary if they are employed by a larger law firm. The years a paralegal has been in the business also factor into his or her earning potential, since more experienced paralegals will typically make more.

Geographical Location and Salary

Generally, paralegals earn more money if the firm that employs them is located in a larger city. The highest paying cities in the industry are: San Francisco, New Bedford, MA, and the Washington DC metropolitan area. The top paying states for paralegals include California, Alaska, New Jersey, and Oregon.

Work Environment and Schedule

Most paralegals are employed by law firms and usually work full time. They spend much of their time working in an office setting or conducting research in law libraries. Other paralegals are employed by the government, corporations, and in the financial industry. Paralegals typically work during regular business hours, but will sometimes need to work extended hours in the evening and on the weekend when preparing for a case.

Job Outlook

The job outlook for paralegals between 2012 and 2022 is good. The field is expected to expand at a rate of 17 percent which is faster than most other professions. There are several reasons for the increase. Since paralegals can perform some of the duties of a lawyer, many law firms will hire paralegals instead of more lawyers to reduce their costs. In addition, corporations will also be employing more paralegals to satisfy their growing legal needs.

Top Paying Industries

Industry Employment % of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean salary
Software Publishers 250 0.09 $37.09 $77,140
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 280 0.04 $36.04 $74,970
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 120 0.03 $35.88 $74,630
Grantmaking and Giving Services 60 0.05 $35.14 $73,090
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 70 0.02 $34.99 $72,780

Salary By State

State 10% 25% Median 75% 90% Jobs (2010) Jobs (2020) Outlook
Alabama $25,600 $31,500 $42,300 $53,800 $61,700 2,550 3,100 +21%
Alaska $40,700 $47,200 $55,800 $64,800 $73,500 560 600 +7%
Arizona $30,400 $35,900 $44,400 $56,400 $70,900 5,020 6,500 +30%
Arkansas $27,100 $30,800 $35,700 $44,200 $54,900 1,820 2,160 +19%
California $32,600 $41,300 $56,200 $72,600 $90,400 26,800 32,200 +20%
Colorado $32,300 $38,000 $46,400 $61,200 $75,100 4,540 5,320 +17%
Connecticut $33,400 $40,000 $50,300 $61,200 $77,700 4,270 4,630 +9%
Delaware $34,500 $40,500 $47,500 $59,600 $77,400 1,220 1,310 +8%
District of Columbia $42,200 $50,900 $66,700 $83,900 $97,300 7,620 8,860 +16%
Florida $28,600 $35,300 $44,500 $55,600 $67,900 21,670 28,430 +31%
Georgia $31,100 $36,700 $47,100 $61,800 $75,000 7,750 9,890 +28%
Hawaii $36,400 $42,700 $52,200 $63,700 $76,900 810 890 +10%
Idaho $25,600 $30,100 $37,400 $48,900 $59,800 740 860 +17%
Illinois $31,800 $38,800 $51,500 $61,600 $73,800 10,000 12,170 +22%
Iowa $28,300 $34,400 $44,200 $48,900 $58,300 1,540 1,900 +23%
Kansas $26,400 $31,200 $41,200 $52,100 $61,600 1,850 2,200 +19%
Kentucky $25,600 $30,200 $38,800 $48,900 $63,100 3,400 3,950 +16%
Louisiana $23,600 $31,900 $41,600 $52,900 $60,200 3,760 4,530 +20%
Maine $30,100 $36,200 $47,300 $55,400 $60,000 1,090 1,230 +13%
Maryland $29,900 $39,900 $51,600 $59,700 $70,000 5,920 6,910 +17%
Massachusetts $33,200 $39,000 $47,300 $61,700 $78,000 6,570 8,170 +24%
Michigan $31,300 $38,300 $47,600 $58,100 $71,100 5,090 5,870 +16%
Minnesota $31,300 $39,300 $50,300 $64,300 $76,900 3,920 4,540 +16%
Mississippi $27,100 $31,800 $37,300 $48,200 $60,800 2,120 2,390 +13%
Missouri $27,900 $36,200 $49,000 $59,100 $70,000 4,500 5,520 +23%
Montana $27,600 $32,200 $38,200 $46,000 $55,400 890 1,070 +20%
Nebraska $29,200 $34,300 $41,600 $51,400 $60,700 1,030 1,140 +10%
Nevada $35,400 $42,200 $50,600 $58,700 $69,600 1,650 1,890 +15%
New Hampshire $30,200 $36,200 $42,800 $49,300 $59,200 1,050 1,180 +13%
New Jersey $38,400 $44,100 $54,700 $68,600 $83,700 6,920 8,390 +21%
New Mexico $27,900 $32,700 $39,600 $48,900 $59,300 1,360 1,480 +9%
New York $32,900 $40,600 $51,900 $64,000 $77,300 22,910 26,850 +17%
North Carolina $25,800 $30,800 $39,000 $48,000 $61,000 10,310 12,840 +25%
North Dakota $25,000 $34,500 $41,800 $49,800 $61,200 310 360 +16%
Ohio $26,500 $33,000 $42,000 $54,300 $67,600 6,630 7,860 +19%
Oklahoma $21,200 $28,500 $38,900 $52,900 $68,300 2,520 3,040 +21%
Oregon $33,600 $42,200 $50,500 $62,900 $77,800 2,080 2,400 0%
Pennsylvania $31,200 $40,500 $52,400 $64,400 $76,000 8,460 9,910 +17%
Rhode Island $32,600 $35,500 $41,800 $54,300 $71,900 800 910 +15%
South Carolina $25,800 $31,800 $39,000 $47,700 $60,800 3,910 4,650 +19%
South Dakota $32,100 $34,500 $38,800 $46,600 $55,500 550 630 +15%
Tennessee $25,000 $31,400 $38,800 $52,200 $65,100 4,790 6,050 +26%
Texas $28,500 $35,000 $45,800 $61,500 $80,600 17,010 22,140 +30%
Utah $30,800 $34,900 $43,500 $54,200 $68,800 2,140 2,750 +28%
Vermont $28,600 $33,600 $39,500 $47,200 $59,400 610 650 +8%
Virginia $29,900 $36,000 $47,000 $61,200 $76,500 8,220 10,260 +25%
Washington $31,100 $37,000 $49,300 $62,500 $75,400 6,830 8,180 +20%
West Virginia $25,500 $29,200 $36,400 $46,800 $61,900 2,190 2,500 +14%
Wisconsin $27,200 $33,200 $41,600 $52,600 $63,200 3,550 4,150 +17%
Wyoming $26,500 $32,100 $39,500 $47,400 $55,300 460 520 +15%


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