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 averge.

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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)

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