Find Paralegal Salary Information by Location

Paralegal salary varies by state. Find out how much paralegals make across the USA.

Paralegal Salaries for States in the U.S.

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Many people thinking about a career change are turning to the paralegal profession as their best career option. Paralegals can train in as little as one year, and can earn a respectable salary whether they work in Texas, Illinois or New York.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for paralegals is $46,990. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.

To help you decide where you might like to work as a professional paralegal, here are annual salaries by state.

Paralegal Salary by State

State Annual Mean Salary* State Annual Mean Salary*
Alabama $44,700 Montana  $40,110 
Alaska $56,720 Nebraska $43,680 
Arizona $47,520 Nevada $50,930 
Arkansas  $38,290  New Hampshire $44,030 
California  $58,570  New Jersey $58,050 
Colorado $50,480  New Mexico $42,500
Connecticut $52,520  New York $53,570 
Delaware $51,910  North Carolina  $41,740 
District of Columbia $68,850  North Dakota $43,370 
Florida $46,500  Ohio  $44,530 
Georgia $50,540  Oklahoma  $42,060 
Hawaii $54,850  Oregon  $54,460 
Idaho $40,250  Pennsylvania  $53,220 
Illinois $51,630 Rhode Island  $46,780 
Indiana $39,620  South Carolina  $41,750 
Iowa $43,210  South Dakota  $41,850 
Kansas $43,070 Tennessee  $42,710 
Kentucky $41,540  Texas  $50,630 
Louisiana $42,370  Utah $46,120 
Maine $46,210  Vermont  $42,110 
Maryland $50,970 Virginia $50,990 
Massachusetts $52,020 Washington  $51,730 
Michigan $49,250  West Virginia  $39,990 
Minnesota $52,640  Wisconsin  $43,850 
Mississippi $40,930  Wyoming  $40,910 
Missouri $48,380    

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data published May 2012; Paralegals and Legal Assistants.

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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