How Much do Paralegals Make?

Do paralegals make a lot of money? What is the average pay for paralegals?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegals in the United States earn an average of $55,020 a year, equivalent to $26.45 an hour. Paralegals make 3% more than the average American worker.

Paralegals in Colorado are the best paid, making $62,250 a year, while paralegals in Arkansas make the least at $40,820.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Paralegal Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $39.66 $82,500
75th $31.54 $65,610
50th $24.87 $51,740
25th $18.99 $39,500
10th $15.46 $32,160
Paralegal Wages by State

In what states do paralegals make the most? In what states do paralegals make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $22.78 $47,380
Alaska $27.09 $56,360
Arizona $24.49 $50,940
Arkansas $19.62 $40,820
California $29.72 $61,810
Colorado $29.93 $62,250
Connecticut $28.96 $60,240
Delaware $27.47 $57,140
Florida $24.58 $51,130
Georgia $26.17 $54,440
Hawaii $26.22 $54,530
Idaho $23.13 $48,110
Illinois $28.83 $59,960
Indiana $23.21 $48,280
Iowa $24.11 $50,140
Kansas $21.38 $44,460
Kentucky $21.47 $44,650
Louisiana $24.10 $50,140
Maine $25.15 $52,320
Maryland $27.35 $56,890
Massachusetts $29.64 $61,650
Michigan $24.90 $51,790
Minnesota $27.59 $57,390
Mississippi $22.10 $45,960
Missouri $23.15 $48,160
Montana $22.25 $46,270
Nebraska $25.48 $53,010
Nevada $27.94 $58,110
New Hampshire $26.89 $55,930
New Jersey $28.99 $60,300
New Mexico $23.57 $49,020
New York $27.92 $58,070
North Carolina $22.77 $47,370
North Dakota $22.43 $46,660
Ohio $23.18 $48,210
Oklahoma $22.57 $46,950
Oregon $27.87 $57,970
Pennsylvania $26.68 $55,490
Rhode Island $25.21 $52,440
South Carolina $22.37 $46,540
South Dakota $23.62 $49,130
Tennessee $23.96 $49,830
Texas $26.17 $54,430
Utah $25.10 $52,200
Vermont $23.58 $49,050
Virginia $25.25 $52,520
Washington $29.25 $60,840
West Virginia $23.36 $48,580
Wisconsin $24.22 $50,380
Wyoming $21.75 $45,250
Metro Areas Where Paralegals Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
San Jose, CA $41.68 $86,690
Napa, CA $38.38 $79,840
Trenton, NJ $34.84 $72,480
San Francisco, CA $34.31 $71,360
Washington, DC $33.67 $70,030
Santa Rosa, CA $32.84 $68,310
San Diego, CA $32.26 $67,110
Bridgeport, CT $31.72 $65,970
Vallejo, CA $31.62 $65,780
Boulder, CO $31.48 $65,490
Paralegal Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $26.45 $55,020
2018 $26.20 $54,500
2017 $25.92 $53,910
2016 $25.57 $53,180
2015 $25.19 $52,390
2014 $24.92 $51,840
2013 $24.60 $51,170
2012 $24.15 $50,220
2011 $24.02 $49,960