Paralegals & legal assistants

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Total Workforce

398k

Average Age

43

Estimated Job Growth

14.6%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$51,743

Average Male Salary

$57,918

Average Female Salary

$50,567

About

Paralegals & legal assistants are most often employed by the Legal services industry. The average yearly wage for Paralegals & legal assistants was $51,743 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Paralegals & legal assistants by wage are Statistical assistants, Telecommunications line installers & repairers, and New accounts clerks.

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 Scientific research & development services. Paralegals & legal assistants are paid most in Carmel City & Fishers Town (West) PUMA, IN but are relatively concentrated in Cutler Bay Town & Palmetto Bay Village PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$51,743

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,652

In 2017, Paralegals & legal assistants earned an average of $51,743, $322 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Telecommunications line installers & repairers make somewhat more than Paralegals & legal assistants while Statistical assistants 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

0.335

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Paralegals & legal assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.335, 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

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 Insurance carriers & related activities.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Paralegals & legal assistants, by average wage, are Scientific research & development services, Management of companies & enterprises, and U. S. Army.

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Industries by Share

398k

2017 Workforce

± 15,471

0.514%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 5.47%

The number of people employed as Paralegals & legal assistants has been growing at a rate of 0.514%, from 396,120 people in 2016 to 398,158 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Paralegals & legal assistants employed by various industries. Legal services employs the largest share of Paralegals & legal assistants at  77.9%, followed by Justice, public order, & safety activities  with 4.29% and Insurance carriers & related activities with 1.71%.

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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 39.3 and of female Paralegals & legal assistants is 43.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Paralegals & legal assistants is White.

Gender Composition

63.7k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 6,196

334k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 14,182

84% 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

  2. Black

  3. Asian

79.9% of Paralegals & legal assistants are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.79% of Paralegals & legal assistants, Black 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

39.3

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.29

43.7

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.56

The median age of Paralegals & legal assistants is 43, and Male employees are generally 4.39 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

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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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 Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, 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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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Paralegals & legal assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Paralegals & legal assistants are expected to see a growth of 14.6% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

14.6%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Paralegals & legal assistants. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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