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Colorado Paralegal Salaries

US News and World Report ranked Colorado as having the best economy in the country in early 2017, and Lt. Governor Donna Lynne cited the state’s “vibrant growth” as being a key factor for this prestigious rating.

The legal industry benefits greatly from this growth with the increase in the number of jobs for paralegals expected to be almost four times the national average according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The Department predicts an astounding growth rate of 30.07% between 2014 and 2024.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Colorado’s paralegals earned an average salary of $54,240 with those in the top 10% earning $84,080 on average as of 2016.

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Paralegal Salaries in Colorado’s Major Cities

The average salaries for paralegals in the Denver and Boulder areas exceeded the state average. However, average salaries in all of Colorado’s cities were respectable, exceeding $41,000 annually. Experienced paralegals in the top 10% earned salaries that were as much as $35,000 above the average in their location.

Denver’s experienced paralegals earned by far the highest average salary. The city offers a variety of options for experienced legal professionals in corporate law since the regional economy has four supersectors that rely on in-house legal staff. They range from finance and natural resources/construction to education/health services and leisure/hospitality. Such a variety of industries increase the likelihood that paralegals will be able to practice in their specialty.

Boulder:

  • Average – $54,260 ($26.09 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $79,950 ($38.44 hourly)

Colorado Springs:

  • Average – $49,830 ($23.96 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $75,150 ($36.13 hourly)

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood:

  • Average – $55,600 ($26.73 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $86,850 ($41.75 hourly)

Fort Collins:

  • Average – $52,450 ($25.22 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $75,730 ($36.41 hourly)

Grand Junction:

  • Average – $42,580 ($20.47 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $51,180 ($24.61 hourly)

Greeley:

  • Average – $44,380 ($21.34 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $72,540 ($34.88 hourly)

Pueblo:

  • Average – $41,110 ($19.76 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $60,970 ($29.31 hourly)

 

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Boulder CO
220
47840
Colorado Springs CO
490
43570
Denver-Aurora CO
3730
50250
Fort Collins-Loveland CO
160
42500
Grand Junction CO
Estimate Not Released
36630
Greeley CO
110
45210
Pueblo CO
70
36100
East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
32310
West Colorado nonmetropolitan area
100
46100
Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area
50
46090

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