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Alabama Paralegal Salaries

With the news that the number of new jobs in Alabama was just shy of the benchmark figure of 2 million at the end of 2016, the secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor was bullish about growth prospects in the state. It’s no surprise that the Department expects the number of paralegals practicing in the state to increase at a rate of 4.8 percent between 2014 and 2024. This level of growth should result in 80 positions becoming available during that ten-year period.


The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that paralegals in Alabama earned an average salary of $45,300 ($21.78 hourly) as of 2016. Alabama’s paralegals in the top ten percent earned salaries that exceeded the average by more than $18,000 a year, with these experienced legal support professionals earning $63,513 ($30.53 hourly) on average.

Prospects for Paralegals in the Major Metropolitan Areas of Alabama

The BLS provided the annual salaries and hourly pay rates for paralegals in Alabama’s major metropolitan areas as of 2016. Paralegals in Montgomery earned the highest average salary, while the salaries of experienced paralegals in the Birmingham area greatly exceeded those of their colleagues in the rest of Alabama.

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Most of Alabama’s 2,870 paralegals were located in Birmingham as of 2016 according to the BLS. As befits a city receiving national accolades for its robust economic climate, Birmingham businesses announced more than $500 million in capital investment and more than 2,000 new jobs during 2016 according to the Birmingham Business Alliance.

With the region known for its advanced automotive, biological, and IT technology, paralegals with experience in areas like intellectual property licensing and patent law are likely to benefit from the high wages these industries pay.

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville:

  • Average – $37,080 ($17.83 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $49,530 ($23.81 hourly)

Birmingham-Hoover:

  • Average – $47,450 ($22.81 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $63,670 ($30.61 hourly)

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley:

  • Average – $41,590 ($20.00 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $49,960 ($24.02 hourly)

Decatur:

  • Average – $40,530 ($19.49 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $58,730 ($28.23 hourly)

Dothan:

  • Average – $37,420 ($17.99 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $48,580 ($23.35 hourly)

Huntsville:

  • Average – $43,690 ($21.00 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $63,940 ($30.74 hourly)

Mobile:

  • Average – $41,470 ($19.94 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $61,390 ($29.51 hourly)

Montgomery:

  • Average – $49,500 ($23.80 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $64,860 ($31.18 hourly)

Tuscaloosa:

  • Average – $41,850 ($20.12 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $58,250 ($28.01 hourly)

 

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Birmingham-Hoover AL
1110
49840
Columbus GA-AL
200
50980
Dothan AL
80
34490
Gadsden AL
60
40600
Huntsville AL
240
39340
Mobile AL
220
49000
Montgomery AL
310
43490
Tuscaloosa AL
50
35790
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
41810
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
31260

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