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What is the average salary for Paralegals in the United States?

Paralegals earn an average hourly wage of $24.92. Hourly wages typically start from $14.56 and go up to $37.42. Paralegals earn an average salary of $51,840 per year. Salaries typically start from $30,280 and go up to $77,830.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Highest

The top 10% of Paralegals in the United States earn:

$37.42 an hour $77,830 per year
Senior

The top 25% of Paralegals in the United States earn:

$29.81 an hour $62,000 per year
Experienced

The top 50% of Paralegals in the United States earn:

$23.24 an hour $48,350 per year
Junior

The bottom 25% of Paralegals in the United States earn:

$18.06 an hour $37,550 per year
Starting

The bottom 10% of Paralegals in the United States earn:

$14.56 an hour $30,280 per year

Historical salary for Paralegals in the United States

Paralegal salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Paralegal Salary in District of Columbia $36.03 $74,930 # 1
Paralegal Salary in Alaska $31.21 $64,920 # 2
Paralegal Salary in California $29.30 $60,940 # 3
Paralegal Salary in New Jersey $27.69 $57,600 # 4
Paralegal Salary in Washington $27.21 $56,590 # 5
Paralegal Salary in New York $27.02 $56,200 # 6
Paralegal Salary in Delaware $26.77 $55,680 # 7
Paralegal Salary in Oregon $26.66 $55,460 # 8
Paralegal Salary in Georgia $26.55 $55,210 # 9
Paralegal Salary in Massachusetts $26.22 $54,540 # 10
Paralegal Salary in Pennsylvania $25.86 $53,780 # 11
Paralegal Salary in Minnesota $25.31 $52,640 # 12
Paralegal Salary in Connecticut $25.27 $52,550 # 13
Paralegal Salary in Virginia $25.18 $52,370 # 14
Paralegal Salary in Maryland $25.18 $52,360 # 15
Paralegal Salary in Colorado $25.11 $52,240 # 16
Paralegal Salary in Texas $24.93 $51,850 # 17
Paralegal Salary in Hawaii $24.75 $51,490 # 18
Paralegal Salary in Rhode Island $24.21 $50,350 # 19
Paralegal Salary in Nevada $23.96 $49,840 # 20
Paralegal Salary in Arizona $23.74 $49,390 # 21
Paralegal Salary in Tennessee $23.59 $49,070 # 22
Paralegal Salary in Illinois $23.57 $49,020 # 23
Paralegal Salary in Florida $23.41 $48,690 # 24
Paralegal Salary in Michigan $23.00 $47,850 # 25
Paralegal Salary in New Hampshire $22.90 $47,630 # 26
Paralegal Salary in Vermont $22.74 $47,300 # 27
Paralegal Salary in Missouri $22.73 $47,270 # 28
Paralegal Salary in Wisconsin $22.27 $46,320 # 29
Paralegal Salary in Ohio $22.10 $45,960 # 30
Paralegal Salary in Alabama $22.04 $45,830 # 31
Paralegal Salary in Wyoming $21.70 $45,140 # 32
Paralegal Salary in Iowa $21.57 $44,860 # 33
Paralegal Salary in Kentucky $21.51 $44,730 # 34
Paralegal Salary in Maine $21.37 $44,450 # 35
Paralegal Salary in Montana $21.24 $44,180 # 36
Paralegal Salary in Mississippi $21.23 $44,160 # 37
Paralegal Salary in North Carolina $21.21 $44,120 # 38
Paralegal Salary in Nebraska $21.06 $43,810 # 39
Paralegal Salary in South Dakota $21.06 $43,810 # 40
Paralegal Salary in Indiana $20.85 $43,370 # 41
Paralegal Salary in Oklahoma $20.77 $43,200 # 42
Paralegal Salary in New Mexico $20.65 $42,940 # 43
Paralegal Salary in Kansas $20.57 $42,790 # 44
Paralegal Salary in Louisiana $20.50 $42,640 # 45
Paralegal Salary in Utah $20.44 $42,510 # 46
Paralegal Salary in South Carolina $20.39 $42,410 # 47
Paralegal Salary in North Dakota $20.19 $42,000 # 48
Paralegal Salary in Idaho $19.87 $41,330 # 49
Paralegal Salary in West Virginia $19.63 $40,830 # 50
Paralegal Salary in Arkansas $19.21 $39,960 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics