Here’s How Much Money Paralegals Make In Every State

Here’s How Much Money Paralegals Make In Every State

Employment of paralegals is expected to grow much faster than the average for most jobs, adding ... [+] 39,000 new positions from 2018 to 2028.

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There is a ton of paperwork and fact-checking that needs to be done in a law office on a daily basis. That’s where paralegals and legal assistants come up big. Paralegals assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents and researching legal precedent, among many other tasks. Being a paralegal has been a popular job in the United States, especially as part of a road toward becoming a lawyer. Employment numbers have been increasing for paralegals and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of paralegals is projected to increase much faster than average, with approximately 39,000 paralegal jobs being added from 2018 to 2028, an increase of 12%.
Using occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we've analyzed and compiled a round-up of the average paralegal salary by state in the U.S. Read on for a full breakdown of where paralegals make the most money, and where they're making the least.
10 States Where Paralegals Earn the Most Money
The national average annual wage of a paralegal is $54,500, according to the BLS, which is slightly more than the average annual salary for all occupations, $51,960. In some states, you can earn a bit more than $54,500 as a paralegal, but you’ve got to pick the right state. Below is a list of the top-10 highest-paying states for paralegals.

  • Connecticut average paralegal salary: $62,760
  • California average paralegal salary: $61,240
  • Washington average paralegal salary: $60,940
  • Massachusetts average paralegal salary: $60,320
  • Alaska average paralegal salary: $59,140
  • New York average paralegal salary: $58,750
  • Colorado average paralegal salary: $58,350
  • New Jersey average paralegal salary: $58,260
  • Nevada average paralegal salary: $57,600
  • Delaware average paralegal salary: $57,290

  • Connecticut boasts the highest average paralegal salary in the U.S. What’s more, Connecticut’s wage growth over the last five years has been very impressive. The average paralegal salary rose from $53,230 in 2013 to $62,760 in 2018, an increase of 17.9% and the second-largest growth rate in the country, behind Louisiana. In No. 2 California, on the other hand, paralegal wages have stalled, only growing by 2% over the last five years. In Alaska and New Jersey, salaries outright declined since 2013.
    10 States Where Paralegals Earn the Least Money
    The bottom-10 states where paralegals make the least money are a geographically mainly located in the U.S. South and Midwest. In the worst-paying state for paralegals, Arkansas, the average salary is nearly $12,500 less than the U.S. Average salary for paralegals. Here’s a look at the 10 worst states for paralegal’s salaries:

  • Arkansas average paralegal salary: $42,050
  • Kansas average paralegal salary: $43,790
  • Mississippi average paralegal salary: $44,300
  • Montana average paralegal salary: $44,330
  • South Carolina average paralegal salary: $45,480
  • Alabama average paralegal salary: $45,530
  • North Dakota average paralegal salary: $45,870
  • West Virginia average paralegal salary: $46,080
  • Kentucky average paralegal salary: $46,130
  • Idaho average paralegal salary: $46,510

  • Unfortunately for these states, wage growth has been weak as well. In seven of these 10 states, the growth in average paralegal salaries was less than 10% from 2013 to 2018. In Alabama, the average paralegal salary increased by only $20 since 2013.
    How Much Do Paralegals Make in Each State
    Below you’ll find the average annual wage for paralegals in all 50 states from 2013 to 2018. Five states have experienced absolute declines in their average paralegal salaries: New Jersey, Alaska, Oregon, Hawaii and Pennsylvania. On the other hand, seven states have experienced wage growth in excess of 15% over the last five years.