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Paralegal Salaries by State

Earning potential is a key factor to consider when deciding whether to enroll in a paralegal degree program. A strong average salary suggests good demand for the profession and will help you pay any potential student loans off quicker. While salary varies depending on multiple factors like experience and location, the average salary can help you decide if pursuing a paralegal education is the right career choice for you.

How much do paralegals make?

The following sortable table allows you to view the average annual paralegal salary for paralegals in your state, the percentage of the median home price that the average salary buys, projected paralegal employment growth, and a ranking of best states for paralegals (based on salary, home prices, and projected job growth).

RankState2012 Avg.
Paralegal Salary
2013
Zillow Median
Property List Price
% of Median Home
an Avg. Salary Buys
Projected
Paralegal
Employment
in 2020
2010 Total
Paralegal Employment
10 Year Growth
Rate (2010-2020)
Best
States for
Paralegals (Avg=1)
Missouri$48,380$137,90035%5520450023%1.37
Georgia$50,540$172,00029%9890775028%1.35
Texas$50,630$193,50026%221401701030%1.34
Iowa$43,210$131,80033%1900154023%1.33
Michigan$49,250$124,90039%5870509015%1.30
Florida$46,500$199,90023%284302167031%1.29
Ohio$44,530$124,90036%7860663019%1.29
Illinois$51,630$164,90031%121701000022%1.26
Tennessee$42,710$160,00027%6050479026%1.26
Arizona$47,520$215,00022%6500502030%1.23
Kansas$43,070$133,00032%2200185019%1.22
Oklahoma$42,060$144,00029%3040252021%1.18
Indiana$39,620$129,90031%4520380019%1.17
Alabama$44,700$164,90027%3100255022%1.16
Pennsylvania$53,220$169,90031%9910846017%1.14
Utah$46,120$234,90020%2750214029%1.14
North Carolina$41,740$192,00022%128401031025%1.10
Arkansas$38,290$139,90027%2160182019%1.10
Virginia$50,990$240,00021%10260822025%1.10
Kentucky$41,540$139,90030%3950340016%1.09
Louisiana$42,370$166,30026%4530376021%1.09
Wisconsin$43,850$156,90028%4150355016%1.05
Minnesota$52,640$184,90029%4540392016%1.05
West Virginia$39,990$139,50029%2500219014%1.02
South Carolina$41,750$179,00023%4650391019%1.00
New Jersey$58,050$279,90021%8390692021%1.00
Nebraska$43,680$139,00031%1140103011%1.00
Nevada$50,930$189,90027%1890165015%0.98
Mississippi$40,930$150,00027%2390212013%0.95
Massachusetts$52,020$339,90015%8170657024%0.94
South Dakota$41,850$169,00025%63055015%0.93
Washington$51,730$265,00020%8180683020%0.93
North Dakota$43,370$195,90022%36031016%0.91
Idaho$40,250$189,50021%86074016%0.89
Oregon$54,460$255,00021%2400208015%0.87
Maine$46,210$195,90024%1230109013%0.86
Maryland$50,970$265,00019%6910592017%0.85
Colorado$50,480$279,90018%5320454017%0.84
New York$53,570$300,00018%268502291017%0.83
Montana$40,110$269,90015%107089020%0.83
California$58,570$400,00015%322002680020%0.82
Rhode Island$46,780$249,90019%91080014%0.77
Wyoming$40,910$220,00019%52046013%0.75
New Hampshire$44,030$229,90019%1180105012%0.75
Washington DC$68,850$479,80014%8860762016%0.73
New Mexico$42,500$199,90021%148013609%0.71
Alaska$56,720$249,00023%6005607%0.71
Delaware$51,910$249,00021%131012207%0.67
Connecticut$52,520$265,00020%463042708%0.67
Vermont$42,110$229,90018%6506107%0.59
Hawaii$54,850$498,50011%89081010%0.50

Resources:
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm
2. Zillow: https://www.zillow.com/home-values/ (Nov 2013)
3. Projections Central: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm