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Highest Paying States for Paralegals and Legal Assistants

The highest paying states for paralegals and legal assistants (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of paralegals and legal assistants in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $76,570, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for paralegals and legal assistants. It is followed by Alaska (average annual salary $61,570). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of paralegals and legal assistants in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$76,570
$45,200 5,260
2 Alaska
$61,570
$44,050 550
3 New Jersey
$59,080
$37,640 8,060
4 Washington
$58,090
$34,980 5,490
5 Connecticut
$57,530
$36,800 5,110
6 California
$57,300
$31,120 30,790
7 Colorado
$55,850
$34,930 5,420
8 Nevada
$55,420
$36,280 2,200
9 Illinois
$54,680
$31,590 12,070
10 Minnesota
$54,380
$33,270 5,020
11 Virgin Islands
$53,320
$34,070 110
12 New York
$53,260
$34,790 24,240
13 Maryland
$53,030
$35,020 6,890
14 Massachusetts
$52,800
$30,600 7,720
15 Missouri
$52,230
$30,090 4,490
16 Pennsylvania
$51,990
$31,420 11,590
17 Rhode Island
$51,460
$35,710 1,340
18 Texas
$51,380
$29,040 22,730
19 New Hampshire
$51,120
$37,240 1,110
20 Oregon
$51,070
$32,080 3,630
21 Delaware
$50,250
$37,590 1,350
22 Georgia
$49,930
$33,600 8,460
23 Virginia
$49,700
$31,640 8,790
24 Vermont
$49,210
$36,570 670
25 Hawaii
$49,100
$34,220 910
26 Wyoming
$49,070
$34,860 440
27 Michigan
$48,530
$31,400 6,250
28 Arizona
$47,800
$26,610 5,920
29 Wisconsin
$47,570
$31,690 4,720
30 Maine
$47,410
$32,440 1,280
31 Iowa
$47,380
$27,130 2,160
32 Louisiana
$46,800
$31,660 4,440
33 Florida
$46,730
$30,690 27,460
34 Tennessee
$46,730
$29,330 3,540
35 Oklahoma
$46,270
$24,820 2,620
36 South Dakota
$45,420
$32,460 410
37 Indiana
$44,870
$29,560 3,670
38 North Dakota
$44,580
$27,050 590
39 Ohio
$44,180
$28,670 7,820
40 Alabama
$43,840
$27,470 3,010
41 Kentucky
$43,810
$28,030 2,770
42 Mississippi
$43,740
$25,510 1,760
43 Nebraska
$43,400
$28,120 1,560
44 North Carolina
$43,000
$27,770 9,190
45 Utah
$42,690
$28,670 2,340
46 Montana
$42,070
$30,480 940
47 West Virginia
$41,450
$28,680 2,050
48 Guam
$41,290
$31,910 50
49 Idaho
$41,140
$28,500 1,000
50 New Mexico
$41,110
$26,650 1,510
51 South Carolina
$41,050
$27,890 5,350
52 Kansas
$40,030
$26,580 2,020
53 Arkansas
$37,050
$26,050 1,670
54 Puerto Rico
$32,650
$20,570 900
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