How Much Do Paralegals Make?

Paralegals on average earn salaries around $46,990 annually, earning more with experience, according to the US Labor Bureau. Wages earned by paralegals vary depending on the company they work for, as well as industry and region.

The industries employing the most paralegals are shown below, with the median annual salary for each:

Industry

Salary

Legal Services
$48,170
Local Government (OES Designation)
$50,540
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$65,660
State Government (OES Designation)
$44,570
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$60,520

 

Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.

By gaining experience on the job, paralegals can advance to earn more, depending on region and size of the company. Find out about a paralegal’s job duties, or find out about training for paralegals.