With Georgia facing its fifth-straight year of economic growth, posting numbers stronger than what is being seen in the rest of the country, the job outlook for corporate paralegals is strong across all industry sectors.
Such a robust economy bodes well for paralegals, and this is borne out in the Georgia Department of Labor’s growth projections. The Department predicts that the number of jobs for paralegals will increase by 12% between 2014 and 2024 – a rate that exceeds the national average by 50%. This level of growth should generate an average of 280 jobs a year.
Paralegals with a variety of legal backgrounds can benefit from Georgia’s robust economy, since the state competes very effectively in headquarters operations, high-tech, business and professional services, movie and TV production and distribution/logistics.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that paralegals in Georgia earned an average salary of $52,930 ($25.45 hourly) as of 2016. Those with experience in the top 10% made an average of $80,620 ($38.79 hourly) that year.
Paralegal Salaries in Georgia’s Major Metropolitan Areas
While paralegals in a number of Georgia’s metropolitan areas earned salaries that were close to or slightly higher than the state’s average, those with the most experience and working in the Atlanta area take the prize.
- The online Master of Legal Studies program from Pepperdine Law teaches professionals from a variety of fields the fundamental legal skills they need to better execute their law-related responsibilities. No GRE or LSAT scores are required to apply.
- The online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree from Washington University School of Law offers current and future paralegals an in-depth perspective of the U.S. legal system. GRE an LSAT scores are not required.
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Atlanta is a hotbed for paralegals. More than three-quarters of Georgia’s paralegals practiced in this metropolitan area. In fact, this region had the 5th highest number of paralegals in the country as of 2016.
The metro area draws a number of major corporations who have established headquarters in the area to take advantage of lower taxes in this business-friendly environment. In recent years, Mercedes-Benz USA was one of the most high-profile relocations to the Atlanta region, and one of the top employers of corporate paralegals.
- Average – $38.360 ($18.44 hourly)
- Top 10% – $52,990 ($25.47 hourly)
- Average – $55,170 ($26.52 hourly)
- Top 10% – $83,880 ($40.33 hourly)
- Average – $50,020 ($24.05 hourly)
- Top 10% – $74,650 ($35.89 hourly)
- Average – $43,610 ($20.96 hourly)
- Top 10% – $51,740 ($24.88 hourly)
- Average – $53,210 ($25.58 hourly)
- Top 10% – $65,960 ($31.71 hourly)
- Average – $33,060 ($15.89 hourly)
- Top 10% – $45,230 ($21.75 hourly)
- Average – $42,270 ($20.32 hourly)
- Top 10% – $56,250 ($27.05 hourly)
- Average – $51,220 ($24.62 hourly)
- Top 10% – $76,350 ($36.71 hourly)
- Average – $41,280 ($19.85 hourly)
- Top 10% – $53,460 ($25.70 hourly)
- Average – $48,960 ($23.54 hourly)
- Top 10% – $75,640 ($36.37 hourly)
- Average – $42,060 ($20.22 hourly)
- Top 10% – $58,760 ($28.25 hourly)
Salary and employment data from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016.