Paralegal Salary

Average Yearly Salary
$46,000
$34,000
Min 10%
$46,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Average Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a paralegal make?
The national average salary for a Paralegal in the U.S. is $47,038 annually or $22.61 hourly. There is a huge gap between the top 10 percent earners and the bottom 10 percent earners -- about 30,000. The top 10 percent earn over $64,000, while the bottom 10 percent make less than $34,000 annually. Professional companies and Finance companies are the best when it comes to the number of employment opportunities. Some of the states with the best Paralegal salaries are Alaska, West Virginia, Washington, Louisiana, and Ohio. The typical tenure for a Paralegal is 3.7 years.
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Average Paralegal Salary By Location

Across America, Paralegals make on average $47,038 annually or $22.61 hourly. San Francisco, CA reports the highest Paralegal salaries at $60,943 per year. Not only that, San Francisco, CA also has an average entry-level salary of $35,000. Alaska, West Virginia, Washington, Louisiana, and Ohio are the highest paying states. Arizona, North Dakota, and North Carolina have the lowest Paralegal salaries.

Map of Paralegal Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Paralegals earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary:

Average Paralegal Salary By Company

Like every industry, there is a range of salaries a Paralegal makes. The most abundant employment opportunities for Paralegals are in Professional companies and Finance companies. Microsoft and General Electric are the best paying companies for Paralegals. In addition, companies like eBay and The Walt Disney Company report highly competitive salaries for Paralegals.

Average Paralegal Pay By Industry

The type of industry that a Paralegal works in can influence their earning potential. Our analysis shows that Finance companies, Professional companies, and Manufacturing companies pay higher-than-average wages for Paralegals. Salaries for Paralegals in Finance companies average $48,117 annually, while Professional companies and Manufacturing companies pay $47,762 and $47,703, respectively. The types of companies that pay Paralegals the least are in the Hospitality industry, where the average annual salary is $43,549.
Industry
Average Salary
Finance
Finance
$48,117
$48k
Professional
Professional
$47,762
$48k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$47,703
$48k
Health Care
Health Care
$46,558
$47k
Retail
Retail
$44,338
$44k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$43,549
$44k

Paralegal Salary History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Paralegal Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Paralegal can range from $40,181 to $49,722 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Recently Added Paralegal Salaries

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
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04/26/2020
$49,639
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04/26/2020
$66,311
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$44,628
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$41,740
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$31,000
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$33,705
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$90,000
State of Massachusetts
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$41,740
Paralegal
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$41,740
Paralegal
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$55,000
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