How much do Paralegals Make?

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Paralegals make $49,500/year on Average

The average annual salary for paralegals in the U.S. in 2011 was $49,960, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest-paid 10 percent received less than $29,390, while the highest-paid 10 percent earned $75,400. The BLS says paralegal positions are expected to grow by 18 percent between 2010 and 2020. This is faster than the 14 percent growth predicted for all occupations and more than the 11 percent expected for all legal jobs. Many employers and individuals are hiring paralegals to reduce the cost of legal services. Competition is expected to be strong, with the best jobs going to those with experience and formal training.

The average annual pay for an Entry Level Paralegal Across the U.S. is $36,432 a year. An Entry Level Paralegal annual salary ranges from $20,000 to $53,000nationally. This small spread of $33,000 indicates Entry Level Paralegal salaries are seeing little change across the country.

Paralegal Salary by State

State Annual Salary* State Annual Salary*
Alabama $44.180 Montana $42,460
Alaska $62,090 Nebraska $42,980
Arizona $47,770 Nevada $54,340
Arkansas $36,530 New Hampshire $48,440
California $56,950 New Jersey $55,260
Colorado $49,360 New Mexico $41,360
Connecticut $54,440 New York $53,740
Delaware $50,280 North Carolina $42,530
DC $73,490 North Dakota $43,380
Florida $46,200 Ohio $44,810
Georgia $48,820 Oklahoma $40,640
Hawaii $43,120 Oregon $49,900
Idaho $41,930 Pennsylvania $50,290
Illinois $52,510 Rhode Island $53,320
Indiana $41,110 South Carolina $40,580
Iowa $46,740 South Dakota $40,160
Kansas $41,340 Tennessee $46,550
Kentucky $44,780 Texas $50,550
Louisiana $43,620 Utah $43,570
Maine $45,510 Vermont $47,810
Maryland $52,410 Virginia $50,410
Massachusetts $52,050 Washington $58,050
Michigan $48,890 West Virginia $41,360
Minnesota $54,820 Wisconsin $46,230
Mississippi $45,950 Wyoming $48,970
Missouri $49,050

 

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