Paralegals & legal assistants

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Total Workforce
404k
Average Age
42.8
Average Salary
$52,006
Average Male Salary
$54,147
Average Female Salary
$51,618

About

Paralegals & legal assistants are most often employed by the Legal services industry. The average yearly wage for Paralegals & legal assistants was $52,006 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Paralegals & legal assistants by wage are Dental hygienists, Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters, and Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Paralegals & legal assistants are Kent CountyWarwick City PUMA, RI, Tamarac, Oakland Park & North Lauderdale Cities PUMA, FL, and Fort Lauderdale City (Central) PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Paralegals & legal assistants are Kent CountyWarwick City PUMA, RI, Jackson County PUMA, MS, and South Miami City, Westchester & Coral Terrace PUMA, FL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Paralegals & legal assistants and on wages and locations for those in the field. Legal services is the industry that employs the most Paralegals & legal assistants, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Paralegals & legal assistants, by average wage, is Aircraft & parts manufacturing. Paralegals & legal assistants are paid most in Bayview & Hunters Point PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Kent CountyWarwick City PUMA, RI.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$52,006
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,501

In 2018, Paralegals & legal assistants earned an average of $52,006, $1,882 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters make somewhat more than Paralegals & legal assistants while Dental hygienists make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Paralegals & legal assistants as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.318
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Paralegals & legal assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.318, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Paralegals & legal assistants (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Paralegals & legal assistants.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Paralegals & legal assistants

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Paralegals & legal assistants.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Paralegals & legal assistants, by number of employees, are Legal services, Justice, public order, & safety activities , and Executive offices & legislative bodies.

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Industries by Share

404k
2018 Workforce
± 15,586
1.49%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 5.39%

The number of people employed as Paralegals & legal assistants has been growing at a rate of 1.49%, from 398,158 people in 2017 to 404,082 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Paralegals & legal assistants employed by various industries. Legal services employs the largest share of Paralegals & legal assistants at  76.8%, followed by Justice, public order, & safety activities  with 5.4% and Executive offices & legislative bodies with 1.3%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Paralegals & legal assistants in the US. The average age of male Paralegals & legal assistants in the workforce is 38.2 and of female Paralegals & legal assistants is 43.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Paralegals & legal assistants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

62k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,112
342k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 14,343

84.7% of Paralegals & legal assistants are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Paralegals & legal assistants.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Paralegals & legal assistants
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

69.2% of Paralegals & legal assistants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.7% of Paralegals & legal assistants, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Paralegals & legal assistants.

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Age by Gender

38.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.3
43.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.567

The median age of Paralegals & legal assistants is 42.8, and Male employees are generally 5.42 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Paralegals & legal assistants from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Paralegals & legal assistants is Social Sciences but a relatively high number of Paralegals & legal assistants hold a major in Legal.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Paralegals & legal assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Paralegals & legal assistants need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Writing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Paralegals & legal assistants need more than the average amount of Writing, Reading Comprehension, and Active Listening.

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