Florida Paralegal Salaries

The economic future in Florida looks bright according to a 2017 report from the University of West Florida’s Center for Research and Economic Opportunity. Florida’s growing economy bodes well for paralegals. Already home to the third highest concentration in the country, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity predicts that the number of jobs for paralegals will increase by 16.2% between 2016 and 2024. This rate of growth is twice as fast as the national average for this occupation and should result in more than 7,400 jobs becoming available during the eight-year period leading up to 2024.

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The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Florida’s paralegals earned an average salary of $52,100 ($25.05 hourly), while experienced professionals in the top 10% averaged $71,940 ($34.59 hourly) as of 2021.

Salaries for Paralegals Throughout Florida’s Metropolitan Areas

As befits a state with the highest number of paralegals in the country, three of Florida’s cities have an exceptionally high concentration of legal professionals:

  • Miami metropolitan area – 3rd highest concentration in the country
  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach – 8th highest concentration in the country
  • Tallahassee – 10th highest concentration in the country

Despite the fact that so many paralegals service these cities, opportunities are still strong and continued job growth is expected. Salaries vary significantly depending on location with paralegals in Cape Coral/Fort Meyers, Port St. Lucie, and the Orlando area, earning a higher average salary than their colleagues in the rest of the state.

Orlando’s reputation as a finance and business services hub has created more opportunities for paralegals interested in working in business consulting or in the legal departments of international CPA firms directly. In fact, KPMG  broke ground on a $430 million conference center in 2017.

High-tech is in the offing, too, offering prospects to paralegals with expertise in intellectual property and patent law. 2017 brought a new $71 million high-tech research center to Osceola County. Even the Space Coast is coming back to life with a new rocket plant in the works courtesy of Blue Origin and a satellite factory being built by OneWeb.

Paralegal Salaries in Florida

Cape Coral-Fort Meyers:

  • Average Annual Salary – $54,760 ($26.33 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $75,110 ($36.11 hourly)

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach:

  • Average Annual Salary – $46,870 ($22.53 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $65,180 ($31.34 hourly)

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach:

  • Average Annual Salary – $36,710 ($17.65 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $51,670 ($24.84 hourly)

Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach:

  • Average Annual Salary – $46,190 ($22.21 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $65,130 ($31.31 hourly)

Gainesville:

  • Average Annual Salary – $46,220 ($22.22 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $60,870 ($29.27 hourly)

Jacksonville:

  • Average – $45,800 ($22.02 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $64,650 ($30.60 hourly)

Lakeland-Winter Haven:

  • Average Annual Salary – $41,750 ($20.07 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $51,210 ($24.62 hourly)

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach:

  • Average Annual Salary – $49,110 ($23.99 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $75,490 ($36.30 hourly)

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island:

  • Average Annual Salary – $49,230 ($23.67 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $65,460 ($31.47 hourly)

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton:

  • Average Annual Salary – $44,290 ($21.30 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $59,970 ($28.83 hourly)

Ocala:

  • Average Annual Salary – $35,790 ($17.21 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $45,890 ($22.06 hourly)

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford:

  • Average Annual Salary – $50,310 ($24.19 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $69,930 ($33.62 hourly)

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville:

  • Average Annual Salary – $44,930 ($21.60 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $75,780 ($36.43 hourly)

Panama City:

  • Average Annual Salary – $41,870 ($20.13 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $59,130 ($28.43 hourly)

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent:

  • Average Annual Salary – $45,150 ($21.71 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $62,280 ($29.94 hourly)

Port St. Lucie:

  • Average Annual Salary – $51,060 ($24.55 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $73,050 ($35.12 hourly)

Punta Gorda:

  • Average Annual Salary – $45,280 ($21.77 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $59,910 ($28.80 hourly)

Sebastian-Vero Beach:

  • Average Annual Salary – $43,060 ($20.70 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $60,470 ($29.07 hourly)

Tallahassee:

  • Average Annual Salary – $45,300 ($21.78 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $62,480 ($30.04 hourly)

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater:

  • Average Annual Salary – $49,650 ($23.87 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $73,290 ($35.24 hourly)

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach:

  • Average Annual Salary – $49,100 ($23.60 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $66,990 ($32.21 hourly)

 

Salary and employment data from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2020.