Although Illinois entered 2017 with some grave economic issues, Crain’s Business Chicago reported that 87% of the state’s executives surveyed were bullish about their own company’s growth in the coming year.
The projected job growth rate for paralegals in Illinois reflects the state’s status as a financial, manufacturing, and logistics hub for the US. The Illinois Department of Employment Security expects the number of jobs for legal support professionals to increase at a rate of 8.56% between 2014 and 2024. This level of growth should generate 371 paralegal jobs each year on average.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Illinois’ paralegals earned an average salary of $55,201 ($26.54 hourly) as of 2016. Professionals in the top 10% earned an average of $81,080 ($38.98 hourly).
Range of Salaries for Paralegals Throughout Illinois
The salaries for paralegals in Illinois vary tremendously depending on location with those in Rockford earning the 3rd highest average salary in the country. The diversity of industries in the Rockford region offers an array of options for paralegals familiar with various industry sectors and with specialized knowledge in different areas of law. While the area is tops when it comes to aerospace manufacturing in Illinois, other prominent industry sectors include everything from hydraulics and automotive to logistics and food processing.
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The Chicago metropolitan area is home to nearly 80% of the state’s paralegals and has the 5th highest number of any metro area in the country.
- Average – $52,160 ($25.08 hourly)
- Top 10% – $74,700 ($35.91 hourly)
- Average – $44,190 ($21.25 hourly)
- Top 10% – $63,660 ($30.60 hourly)
- Average – $56,160 ($27.00 hourly)
- Top 10% – $83,180 ($39.99 hourly)
- Average – $47,100 ($22.64 hourly)
- Top 10% – $73,500 ($35.34 hourly)
Lake County-Kenosha County:
- Average – $60,540 ($29.10 hourly)
- Top 10% – $82,310 ($39.57 hourly)
- Average – $50,005 ($24.06 hourly)
- Top 10% – $73,880 ($35.52 hourly)
- Average – $74,760 ($35.94 hourly)
- Top 10% – $120,280 ($57.83 hourly)
- Average – $46,810 ($22.51 hourly)
- Top 10% – $62,980 ($30.28 hourly)
Salary and employment data from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016.