Though Alaska’s population remains among the smallest in the U.S., this hasn’t stopped its economy from surging ahead, thanks to growth in the oil and gas industry and the strong military presence long found here. For paralegals with the right blend of education, credentials, and determination, Alaska is where opportunities are plentiful, and salaries are strong.
Paralegal Job Market Trends in Alaska
As of May 2020, paralegals in Alaska earned an average salary of $58,800, or about $28.27 per hour. Reflecting the state’s higher cost of living, salaries for paralegals are about $2,000 more than the national average.
Experienced paralegals who have made a name for themselves in the profession and have significant experience in a law specialty like family law, bankruptcy, personal injury, or immigration law enjoy salaries that more closely reflect the top 10% of earners in the field. Alaska paralegals at this level earn about $83,930, which is about $40.35 per hour.
As of May 2020, Alaska was home to about 730 paralegal jobs, with opportunities found in everything from the corporate law offices of major companies like ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobile, and BP Alaska to nonprofits like Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage and the Alaska Native Health Consortium.
Average Paralegal Salary in Alaska by City
Although Anchorage took a hit from the decline in the energy industry, its heavy military presence and transportation industry provides a buffer that helps its economy. With three military bases located at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and the busiest transportation industry in the state, the airport is a significant driving force for the city’s economy. In addition, Anchorage serves as the communications and finance center for Alaska.
With its status as the business center and capital of Alaska, Anchorage is home to more than three-quarters of the state’s 730 paralegals. Sectors such as finance, communications, and logistics offer high wages to paralegals with expertise in these areas.
Average – $58,120 ($27.94 hourly)
Top 10% – $85,900 ($41.30 hourly)
Average – $59,180 ($28.45 hourly)
Top 10% – $79,680 ($38.31 hourly)
May 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics salary, growth, and job market trends for paralegals and legal assistants. Figures represent state data, not school specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Data accessed December 2021.