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Louisiana Paralegal Salaries

The Louisiana Workforce Commission considers the paralegal profession to be so promising that it assigned it the 5-star rating reserved for occupations that have the best outlook and that pay the highest wages. The Commission predicts that the number of jobs for paralegals will increase by 12.4% between 2014 and 2024 – a rate 50% higher than national projections for this profession.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Louisiana’s 4,070 paralegals earned an average salary of $44,960 ($21.62 hourly) as of 2016. Those in the top 10% averaged $63,270 ($30.42 hourly).

Although the decline in the oil industry severely affected parts of Louisiana, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles are benefitting from an historic industrial boom according to a study from Louisiana State University. An especially promising area for paralegals is the unabated growth of Baton Rouge’s high-tech sector, which is buoyed by massive corporate legal departments at the new IBM technology services center. This sector provides opportunities for professionals with expertise in everything from intellectual property licensing and patent law to labor law as it relates to contractors and internal human resources matters.

Salaries for Paralegals in Louisiana’s Major Metropolitan Areas

While the average salary for paralegals in Baton Rouge, the New Orleans area, and the Shreveport area exceeded Louisiana’s overall state average, Alexandria’s most experienced paralegals were the highest paid in the state, earning more than $19,500 more than the state average.

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With a highly diverse industrial base, Alexandria’s economy remains strong steady employment for paralegals both in law firms and with corporate legal departments.

Alexandria:

  • Average – $43.290 ($20.81 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $82,850 ($39.83 hourly)

Baton Rouge:

  • Average – $48,020 ($23.09 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $68,830 ($33.09 hourly)

Hammond:

  • Average – $38,970 ($18.74 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $50,950 ($24.50 hourly)

Lafayette:

  • Average – $36,660 ($17.63 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $51,150 ($24.59 hourly)

Lake Charles:

  • Average – $38,810 ($18.66 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $48,970 ($23.54 hourly)

Monroe:

  • Average – $41,670 ($20.04 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $68,330 ($32.85 hourly)

New Orleans-Metairie:

  • Average – $47,090 ($22.64 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $63,190 ($30.38 hourly)

Shreveport-Bossier City:

  • Average – $48,430 ($23.28 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $77,590 ($37.30 hourly)

 

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alexandria LA
50
52220
Baton Rouge LA
420
36740
Lafayette LA
250
41230
Lake Charles LA
120
38330
Monroe LA
Estimate Not Released
41160
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA
2210
47190
Shreveport-Bossier City LA
290
46820
Hammond nonmetropolitan area
70
30480
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area
90
45000
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area
30
39190
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area
80
34720

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