Paralegal Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

Most paralegals earn between $25,000-35,000 annually but pay differs in individual states. According to different sources, paralegals earn about $43,040 annually. Paralegals that are offered overtime hours and bonuses can earn $67,540 or more every year. Paralegals working in big cities usually earn more money while those in smaller cities or rural areas do not earn as much.

Average salaries for paralegals can be misleading since some earn high salaries while some earn low annually salaries. To provide statistics more accurately reflecting average salaries, the bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median salary. The following are median salaries for paralegals working for the public and private sector:
  • Legal Services: $37,870
  • State Government agencies: $34,910
  • Municipal Government agencies: $38,260
  • Federal Government agencies: $59,370
Paralegal Salaries in Government:
  • Federal Government $59,080
  • Local Government $42,170
  • Legal Services $41,460
  • State Government $38,020
Salary data as shown by the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey Program (2006).Paralegal salaries usually depend of the following factors: work experience, supplemental certificates, education credentials, and law firm employed by.

Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,,

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