Illinois Paralegal Salaries

During 2011, there were a total of 9,820 paralegals employed in Illinois. The average statewide salary among them was $53,640, while those in the 90th percentile earned $21,860 more, averaging $75,500. A 2011 salary report released by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the majority of paralegals worked in Chicago, Naperville, and Joliet. The highest paid throughout the state were employed in the Peoria area where the top ten percent earned an average of $85,830.


Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bloomington-Normal IL
90
48360
Champaign-Urbana IL
150
31660
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet IL Metropolitan Division
7510
53740
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet IL-IN-WI
8210
52600
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL
270
43930
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division
320
50430
Peoria IL
190
51480
Rockford IL
70
54390
St. Louis MO-IL
2200
43980
Springfield IL
130
53640
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
40
40200
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
50
34220
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
50
46340

Salary and employment data has been compiled by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2010.