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Paralegal Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$46,000
$34,000
$46,000
$64,000
The average paralegal makes about $47,038 per year. That's $22.61 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $34,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $64,000. Many of paralegals seem to be drawn to professional and finance companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case paralegals tend to work at manufacturing, professional, and health care companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Alaska, West Virginia and Washington pay paralegals the highest salaries.
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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 Location

While a paralegal can average a salary of $47,038 per year, or $22.61 per hour, there are many opportunities for paralegals to make more. For example, in San Francisco, CA you might make $60,943 per year. Other high-paying locations include Washington, DC, Seattle, WA and Cincinnati, OH. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Francisco, CA where the average starting salary is $35,000. The highest paying states for paralegals include Alaska, West Virginia and Washington. Meanwhile, Arizona, North Dakota, and North Carolina offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Hartford, CT
Hartford, CT
$52,442
$52k
Elizabeth, NJ
Elizabeth, NJ
$50,397
$50k

High Paying Paralegal Jobs

Average Paralegal Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a paralegal, being employed by a company such as Microsoft or General Electric would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like eBay and The Walt Disney Company also report highly competitive salaries for paralegals.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Paralegal Salary History

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    Average Paralegal Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, paralegal salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that manufacturing, professional, and health care companies tend to offer much higher salaries for paralegals. For example, paralegals make a whopping average salary of $48,305 while working for manufacturing companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $47,760 at professional companies and $47,621 at health care companies. But paralegals may want to avoid working in the hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $43,012.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $48,305
    $48k
    Professional
    Professional
    $47,760
    $48k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $47,621
    $48k
    Finance
    Finance
    $47,280
    $47k
    Retail
    Retail
    $45,460
    $45k
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $43,012
    $43k

    Paralegal Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a paralegal can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation 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.

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    $57,664
    $57,664
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    Cope, SC
    10/29/2020
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    $33,494
    10/29/2020
    EDS Paralegal
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    Columbus, OH
    10/29/2020
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    $41,636
    $41,636
    10/29/2020
    Paralegal I
    Paralegal I
    Lincoln, NE
    Lincoln, NE
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $42,533
    $42,533
    10/29/2020
    Paralegal
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    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles, CA
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $39,653
    $39,653
    10/29/2020
    Paralegal
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    Miami, FL
    Miami, FL
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $35,479
    $35,479
    10/28/2020
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    Paralegal
    College Station, TX
    College Station, TX
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    10/27/2020
    Paralegal
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    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $41,740
    $41,740
    10/27/2020
    Paralegal
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    Nore, MN
    Nore, MN
    10/26/2020
    10/26/2020
    $44,432
    $44,432
    10/26/2020
    Sherpa
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    Document Review Paralegal
    Pineville, NC
    Pineville, NC
    10/23/2020
    10/23/2020
    $43,000
    $43,000
    10/23/2020