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