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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).

Rank State 2012 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 $137,900 35% 5520 4500 23% 1.37
Georgia $50,540 $172,000 29% 9890 7750 28% 1.35
Texas $50,630 $193,500 26% 22140 17010 30% 1.34
Iowa $43,210 $131,800 33% 1900 1540 23% 1.33
Michigan $49,250 $124,900 39% 5870 5090 15% 1.30
Florida $46,500 $199,900 23% 28430 21670 31% 1.29
Ohio $44,530 $124,900 36% 7860 6630 19% 1.29
Illinois $51,630 $164,900 31% 12170 10000 22% 1.26
Tennessee $42,710 $160,000 27% 6050 4790 26% 1.26
Arizona $47,520 $215,000 22% 6500 5020 30% 1.23
Kansas $43,070 $133,000 32% 2200 1850 19% 1.22
Oklahoma $42,060 $144,000 29% 3040 2520 21% 1.18
Indiana $39,620 $129,900 31% 4520 3800 19% 1.17
Alabama $44,700 $164,900 27% 3100 2550 22% 1.16
Pennsylvania $53,220 $169,900 31% 9910 8460 17% 1.14
Utah $46,120 $234,900 20% 2750 2140 29% 1.14
North Carolina $41,740 $192,000 22% 12840 10310 25% 1.10
Arkansas $38,290 $139,900 27% 2160 1820 19% 1.10
Virginia $50,990 $240,000 21% 10260 8220 25% 1.10
Kentucky $41,540 $139,900 30% 3950 3400 16% 1.09
Louisiana $42,370 $166,300 26% 4530 3760 21% 1.09
Wisconsin $43,850 $156,900 28% 4150 3550 16% 1.05
Minnesota $52,640 $184,900 29% 4540 3920 16% 1.05
West Virginia $39,990 $139,500 29% 2500 2190 14% 1.02
South Carolina $41,750 $179,000 23% 4650 3910 19% 1.00
New Jersey $58,050 $279,900 21% 8390 6920 21% 1.00
Nebraska $43,680 $139,000 31% 1140 1030 11% 1.00
Nevada $50,930 $189,900 27% 1890 1650 15% 0.98
Mississippi $40,930 $150,000 27% 2390 2120 13% 0.95
Massachusetts $52,020 $339,900 15% 8170 6570 24% 0.94
South Dakota $41,850 $169,000 25% 630 550 15% 0.93
Washington $51,730 $265,000 20% 8180 6830 20% 0.93
North Dakota $43,370 $195,900 22% 360 310 16% 0.91
Idaho $40,250 $189,500 21% 860 740 16% 0.89
Oregon $54,460 $255,000 21% 2400 2080 15% 0.87
Maine $46,210 $195,900 24% 1230 1090 13% 0.86
Maryland $50,970 $265,000 19% 6910 5920 17% 0.85
Colorado $50,480 $279,900 18% 5320 4540 17% 0.84
New York $53,570 $300,000 18% 26850 22910 17% 0.83
Montana $40,110 $269,900 15% 1070 890 20% 0.83
California $58,570 $400,000 15% 32200 26800 20% 0.82
Rhode Island $46,780 $249,900 19% 910 800 14% 0.77
Wyoming $40,910 $220,000 19% 520 460 13% 0.75
New Hampshire $44,030 $229,900 19% 1180 1050 12% 0.75
Washington DC $68,850 $479,800 14% 8860 7620 16% 0.73
New Mexico $42,500 $199,900 21% 1480 1360 9% 0.71
Alaska $56,720 $249,000 23% 600 560 7% 0.71
Delaware $51,910 $249,000 21% 1310 1220 7% 0.67
Connecticut $52,520 $265,000 20% 4630 4270 8% 0.67
Vermont $42,110 $229,900 18% 650 610 7% 0.59
Hawaii $54,850 $498,500 11% 890 810 10% 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