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How Much Money Can A Paralegal Make?

Salaries depend on education, training, experience, the type and size of employer, and the geographic location of the job. Generally, paralegals working for large firms or in large metropolitan areas earn more than those who work for smaller firms or in less populated regions. In addition to earning a salary, paralegals may also receive benefits: vacation, paid sick leave, a savings plan, life insurance, personal days, flex time, dental insurance, and or reimbursement for continuing legal education.

The illustrations below, from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, show the mean wage of paralegals on a state level and by local areas within each state as of May 2010. The highest paid paralegals were from the District of Columbia, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois.



According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage was $49,640.00 and the mean hourly wage was $23.87 in May 2010.