The troubled economy of Kansas got a reprieve when Moody’s Investor Services upgraded its outlook to stable following the legislature’s reversal of its tax policies in 2017. Bright spots in the state’s economy include its status as one of the fastest-growing bioscience hubs in the country and its legendary status in aviation and aerospace manufacturing. Both of these industries provide options for paralegals who specialize in intellectual property and patent law.
The Kansas Department of Labor is bullish about the job prospects for paralegals in the state and predicts growth levels double that of the national average. The predicted increase of 16.9% in the number of jobs for paralegals between 2014 and 2024 should generate 1,667 new positions over the ten-year period of these projections, not counting jobs that will become available from the replacement of professionals who will leave the workforce.
The US Bureau of Labor reported that Kansas’ paralegals earned an average salary of $44,480 ($21.38 hourly) as of 2016. Experienced professionals in the top ten percent averaged $65,100 ($31.30 hourly) that year.
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Paralegal Salaries in Urban and Rural Kansas
With Kansas City being at the center of the country, a major component of its diverse industry base includes transportation, distribution, warehousing, and manufacturing. Corporate paralegals with a background in related areas are in particularly high demand in this metropolitan area, and can look forward to earning the highest salaries anywhere in the state:
- Average – $51,120 ($24.58 hourly)
- Top 10% – $72,790 ($35.00 hourly)
- Average – $33.670 ($16.19 hourly)
- Top 10% – $48,090 ($23.12 hourly)
- Average – $44,310 ($21.30 hourly)
- Top 10% – $60,450 ($29.06 hourly)
- Average – $44,180 ($21.24 hourly)
- Top 10% – $64,040 ($30.79 hourly)
- Average – $40,400 ($19.42 hourly)
- Top 10% – $50,600 ($24.33 hourly)
- Average – $32,760 ($15.75 hourly)
- Top 10% – $38,450 ($18.49 hourly)
- Average – $34,670 ($16.67 hourly)
- Top 10% – $40,370 ($19.41 hourly)
- Average – $33,780 ($16.24 hourly)
- Top 10% – $45,980 ($22.11 hourly)
Salary and employment data from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016.