Salary Based on Industry
Industries employing paralegals are typically divided into two categories: legal services and government. However, paralegals are often hired by private companies and insurance companies. Legal service providers, such as law firms, law offices, and litigators, employ the most paralegals and offer an average annual salary of $48,000. Depending on the exact legal service industry, salaries for paralegals can range anywhere from $35,000 to over $50,000.
Paralegals employed in the government sector earn at or above the typical average, especially those employed on a federal level. The federal government provides an annual salary of approximately $62,000. State and local government salaries are less, with an annual salary of approximately $44,000 to $50,000.
Many paralegals choose to work in the insurance business, gathering information for claims. Those working in this industry often earn an annual salary of up to $58,000, with some only earning $35,000.