Average Paralegal Specialist Salary
$51,000 yearly
$18.21 hourly
Updated July 8, 2021
$35,000
10 %
$51,000
Median
$74,000
90 %
Paralegal specialists in the United States make an average salary of $51,270 per year or $24.65 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $35,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $74,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and California provide the highest paralegal specialist salaries.

Average Paralegal Specialist Salary By State

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

Average Salary

Paralegal Specialist average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$46,505
$46,505
$22.36
$22.36
Alaska
Alaska
$56,447
$56,447
$27.14
$27.14
Arizona
Arizona
$43,459
$43,459
$20.89
$20.89
Arkansas
Arkansas
$48,216
$48,216
$23.18
$23.18
California
California
$62,652
$62,652
$30.12
$30.12
Colorado
Colorado
$54,760
$54,760
$26.33
$26.33
Connecticut
Connecticut
$65,063
$65,063
$31.28
$31.28
Delaware
Delaware
$60,690
$60,690
$29.18
$29.18
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$67,066
$67,066
$32.24
$32.24
Florida
Florida
$42,407
$42,407
$20.39
$20.39
Georgia
Georgia
$50,036
$50,036
$24.06
$24.06
Hawaii
Hawaii
$53,102
$53,102
$25.53
$25.53
Idaho
Idaho
$50,210
$50,210
$24.14
$24.14
Illinois
Illinois
$54,305
$54,305
$26.11
$26.11
Indiana
Indiana
$43,463
$43,463
$20.90
$20.90
Iowa
Iowa
$48,264
$48,264
$23.20
$23.20
Kansas
Kansas
$56,119
$56,119
$26.98
$26.98
Kentucky
Kentucky
$44,615
$44,615
$21.45
$21.45
Louisiana
Louisiana
$48,968
$48,968
$23.54
$23.54
Maine
Maine
$57,477
$57,477
$27.63
$27.63
Maryland
Maryland
$52,464
$52,464
$25.22
$25.22
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$63,086
$63,086
$30.33
$30.33
Michigan
Michigan
$51,923
$51,923
$24.96
$24.96
Minnesota
Minnesota
$52,258
$52,258
$25.12
$25.12
Mississippi
Mississippi
$51,778
$51,778
$24.89
$24.89
Missouri
Missouri
$50,049
$50,049
$24.06
$24.06
Montana
Montana
$43,838
$43,838
$21.08
$21.08
Nebraska
Nebraska
$52,408
$52,408
$25.20
$25.20
Nevada
Nevada
$60,034
$60,034
$28.86
$28.86
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$62,820
$62,820
$30.20
$30.20
New Jersey
New Jersey
$59,372
$59,372
$28.54
$28.54
New Mexico
New Mexico
$50,101
$50,101
$24.09
$24.09
New York
New York
$62,360
$62,360
$29.98
$29.98
North Carolina
North Carolina
$47,795
$47,795
$22.98
$22.98
North Dakota
North Dakota
$46,156
$46,156
$22.19
$22.19
Ohio
Ohio
$51,447
$51,447
$24.73
$24.73
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$48,473
$48,473
$23.30
$23.30
Oregon
Oregon
$61,719
$61,719
$29.67
$29.67
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$53,270
$53,270
$25.61
$25.61
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$65,073
$65,073
$31.29
$31.29
South Carolina
South Carolina
$40,281
$40,281
$19.37
$19.37
South Dakota
South Dakota
$41,933
$41,933
$20.16
$20.16
Tennessee
Tennessee
$44,384
$44,384
$21.34
$21.34
Texas
Texas
$55,108
$55,108
$26.49
$26.49
Utah
Utah
$49,297
$49,297
$23.70
$23.70
Vermont
Vermont
$49,967
$49,967
$24.02
$24.02
Virginia
Virginia
$56,774
$56,774
$27.30
$27.30
Washington
Washington
$61,000
$61,000
$29.33
$29.33
West Virginia
West Virginia
$54,097
$54,097
$26.01
$26.01
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$50,918
$50,918
$24.48
$24.48
Wyoming
Wyoming
$51,376
$51,376
$24.70
$24.70

Highest Paying Cities For Paralegal Specialist

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Monterey, CA
Monterey, CA
$68,187
$68,187
$32.78
$32.78
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$67,024
$67,024
$32.22
$32.22
New Haven, CT
New Haven, CT
$65,356
$65,356
$31.42
$31.42
Providence, RI
Providence, RI
$65,065
$65,065
$31.28
$31.28
New York, NY
New York, NY
$62,544
$62,544
$30.07
$30.07
Portland, OR
Portland, OR
$61,604
$61,604
$29.62
$29.62

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    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Legal Clerk

    Avg. salary: $32,145

    A legal clerk is responsible for performing administrative and clerical duties to legal offices and organizations to ensure smooth legal business operations. Legal clerks sort and distribute documents to the appropriate personnel, update information on the database, schedule appointments, respond to clients' inquiries and concerns, and document meeting objectives. They may also coordinate with other offices and institutions to acquire files and research data according to the needs of the managing department. A legal clerk must have excellent communication and organizational skills, especially in monitoring business transactions and submitting reports timely and accurately.
    37,339 Legal Clerk Jobs
    Real Estate Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $58,921

    A Real Estate Paralegal helps real estate lawyers with a variety of tasks, such as offering advice to clients, doing research, and preparing documents. They collaborate with landlords, housing managers, or other real estate personnel.
    18,382 Real Estate Paralegal Jobs
    Immigration Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $54,876

    Working alongside immigration lawyers, an immigration paralegal is in charge of liaising and assisting clients through the progress of their visa petitions or other cases. Their responsibilities revolve around gathering and securing foreign documents, coordinating with immigration managers, managing and filing documentation, preparing applications, and handling case systems and other databases. Furthermore, as an immigration paralegal, it is essential to update clients with the progress of their cases, answering their inquiries and helping them navigate through the procedures as needed.
    3,772 Immigration Paralegal Jobs
    Contractor-Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $53,200

    A Contractor-Paralegal works for a law firm or corporate legal department for a specified amount of time, or for a specified task. They can be specialized in the entertainment industry or in providing services to healthcare companies and insurance providers.
    5,857 Contractor-Paralegal Jobs
    Litigation Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $50,725

    A litigation paralegal is a specialist who is responsible for assisting attorneys throughout the trial process. On the plaintiff side, litigation paralegals conduct initial client interviews and legal research for case preparations. They assist with the preliminary examinations of witnesses and jury selection in the courtroom. Litigation paralegals often assist attorneys with case settlements and help identify issues for appeals. They must also possess excellent skills in verbal and written communication and should have great attention in detail.
    4,143 Litigation Paralegal Jobs
    Bankruptcy Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $48,866

    A Bankruptcy Paralegal assists lawyers and their clients through the bankruptcy process. Their primary duties include collecting and reviewing paperwork for petitions, drafting pleadings, and preparing all documents required by the bankruptcy court.
    3,697 Bankruptcy Paralegal Jobs

    Paralegal Specialist Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a paralegal specialist 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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    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Department of Homeland Security and Jones Day as they offer the highest salaries for paralegal specialists.
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    Recently Added Paralegal Specialist Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Paralegal Specialist
    Paralegal Specialist
    Paralegal Specialist
    Tampa, FL
    Tampa, FL
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $27,040
    $27,040
    06/26/2021
    State of Connecticut
    State of Connecticut
    Paralegal Specialist AR
    Paralegal Specialist AR
    Paralegal Specialist AR
    Noank, CT
    Noank, CT
    06/25/2021
    06/25/2021
    $67,718
    $67,718
    06/25/2021
    State Attorney's Office, 11Th Circuit-Paralegal Specialist III
    State Attorney's Office, 11Th Circuit-Paralegal Specialist III
    Miami, FL
    Miami, FL
    06/23/2021
    06/23/2021
    $35,568
    $35,568
    06/23/2021
    Supervisory Paralegal Specialist
    Supervisory Paralegal Specialist
    Portland, ME
    Portland, ME
    06/22/2021
    06/22/2021
    $102,601
    $102,601
    06/22/2021
    Florida Department of Corrections
    Florida Department of Corrections
    State Attorney's Office, 11Th Circuit-Paralegal Specialist III
    State Attorney's Office, 11Th Circuit-Paralegal Specialist III
    State Attorney's Office, 11Th Circuit-Paralegal Specialist III
    Miami, FL
    Miami, FL
    06/22/2021
    06/22/2021
    $35,568
    $35,568
    06/22/2021
    Paralegal Specialist-FOR, GS (Open To Current FBI Employees)
    Paralegal Specialist-FOR, GS (Open To Current FBI Employees)
    Portland, OR
    Portland, OR
    06/19/2021
    06/19/2021
    $57,023
    $57,023
    06/19/2021
    Paralegal Specialist
    Paralegal Specialist
    Anchorage, AK
    Anchorage, AK
    05/28/2021
    05/28/2021
    $72,299
    $72,299
    05/28/2021
    Paralegal Specialist, GS/11 (EX), Office of The General Counsel, D9-Criminal Justice Informat
    Paralegal Specialist, GS/11 (EX), Office of The General Counsel, D9-Criminal Justice Informat
    Clarksburg, WV
    Clarksburg, WV
    05/27/2021
    05/27/2021
    $64,649
    $64,649
    05/27/2021
    Paralegal Specialist
    Paralegal Specialist
    Indianapolis, IN
    Indianapolis, IN
    05/26/2021
    05/26/2021
    $44,048
    $44,048
    05/26/2021
    Supervisory Paralegal Specialist (Deputy FPF Officer)
    Supervisory Paralegal Specialist (Deputy FPF Officer)
    Miami, FL
    Miami, FL
    05/26/2021
    05/26/2021
    $115,985
    $115,985
    05/26/2021

    Average Paralegal Specialist Salary by Demographic

    Paralegal Specialist Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $50,398
    female-income
    Female Income
    $50,794
    Median Paralegal Specialist Income by Race
    Asian paralegal specialists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White paralegal specialists have the lowest average salary at $49,156.
    $54,000
    $53,000
    $52,000
    $51,000
    $50,000
    $49,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$49,156
    Black or African American$50,308
    Asian$52,870
    Unknown$50,775
    Hispanic or Latino$49,872
    Average Paralegal Specialist Salary by Education Level
    Paralegal specialists with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $55,181 annually. With a Bachelors degree, paralegal specialists earn a median annual income of $53,477 compared to $50,794 for paralegal specialists with an Associate degree.
    $56,000
    $55,000
    $54,000
    $53,000
    $52,000
    $51,000
    $50,000
    High School Diploma or Less
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$50,617
    Some College/ Associate Degree$50,794
    Bachelor's Degree$53,477
    Master's Degree$55,181