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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 $73,490, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for paralegals and legal assistants. It is followed by Alaska (average annual salary $62,090). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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
$73,490
$44,500 5,400
2 Alaska
$62,090
$43,810 730
3 Washington
$58,050
$33,090 5,270
4 California
$56,950
$32,060 29,190
5 New Jersey
$55,260
$32,830 7,870
6 Minnesota
$54,820
$33,070 4,770
7 Connecticut
$54,440
$34,860 4,920
8 Nevada
$54,340
$38,110 1,930
9 New York
$53,740
$35,220 22,210
10 Rhode Island
$53,320
$41,380 1,220
11 Illinois
$52,510
$31,910 10,390
12 Maryland
$52,410
$33,960 6,200
13 Massachusetts
$52,050
$30,020 7,880
14 Texas
$50,550
$31,300 22,120
15 Virginia
$50,410
$30,980 8,370
16 Pennsylvania
$50,290
$31,170 10,800
17 Delaware
$50,280
$37,630 1,210
18 Virgin Islands
$50,020
$34,120 120
19 Oregon
$49,900
$32,090 3,290
20 Colorado
$49,360
$33,880 5,750
21 Missouri
$49,050
$29,830 4,790
22 Wyoming
$48,970
$32,690 520
23 Michigan
$48,890
$30,910 5,570
24 Georgia
$48,820
$32,460 8,170
25 New Hampshire
$48,440
$35,500 1,120
26 Vermont
$47,810
$38,540 660
27 Arizona
$47,770
$25,820 5,550
28 Iowa
$46,740
$29,050 2,310
29 Tennessee
$46,550
$28,860 3,830
30 Wisconsin
$46,230
$30,750 4,690
31 Florida
$46,200
$31,420 24,430
32 Mississippi
$45,950
$25,790 1,780
33 Maine
$45,510
$31,530 1,170
34 Ohio
$44,810
$28,820 7,890
35 Kentucky
$44,780
$26,900 3,020
36 Alabama
$44,180
$28,010 2,870
37 Louisiana
$43,620
$28,660 4,070
38 Utah
$43,570
$27,810 2,620
39 North Dakota
$43,380
$28,770 410
40 Hawaii
$43,120
$32,210 1,140
41 Nebraska
$42,980
$27,750 1,250
42 North Carolina
$42,530
$27,140 8,920
43 Montana
$42,460
$28,620 880
44 Idaho
$41,930
$28,360 860
45 New Mexico
$41,360
$26,350 1,600
46 West Virginia
$41,360
$28,340 2,150
47 Kansas
$41,340
$27,250 1,860
48 Indiana
$41,110
$27,990 3,790
49 Oklahoma
$40,640
$23,680 2,800
50 South Carolina
$40,580
$28,090 5,340
51 Guam
$40,440
$30,110 50
52 South Dakota
$40,160
$32,390 350
53 Arkansas
$36,530
$26,990 1,490
54 Puerto Rico
$31,920
$17,830 590
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