The bullish forecast for Hawaii’s economic growth published by the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism bodes well for its paralegals – especially those with a background in the leisure and hospitality industry. In fact, the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations expects the number of jobs in this field to increase by 4.9% between 2014 and 2024.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that paralegals in Hawaii earned an average salary of $47,400 ($22.79 hourly) with those in the top 10% averaging $67,000 ($27.27 hourly) as of 2016. Their actual income should be even higher than these figures indicate, since they do not factor in bonuses. The NALA 2016 National Compensation & Utilization Survey Report indicated that the bonuses for paralegals averaged nearly $5,000 that year.
Paralegal Salaries in Hawaii’s Urban and Rural Areas
The salaries for Hawaii’s paralegals vary widely depending on their location with those in the Kahului area doing exceptionally well. The average salary for experienced paralegals in the top 10% exceeded Hawaii’s average for this category by more than $45,000 a year.
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Although most of the people employed in this area work for state and local governments, tourism and recreation are the major industries. In addition, as the retail center for Maui, the Kahului area offers a variety of options for paralegals from a diverse array of backgrounds.
- Average – $65,540 ($31.03 hourly)
- Top 10% – $112,820 ($54.24 hourly)
- Average – $47,050 ($22.62 hourly)
- Top 10% – $67,080 ($32.35 hourly)
Nonmetropolitan Area of Hawaii/Kauai:
- Average – $42,410 ($20.39 hourly)
- Top 10% – $56,720 ($27.27 hourly)
Salary and employment data from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016.