In Maine, the paralegal profession offers significantly more opportunities than virtually any other job classification in the state. In fact, with a projected job growth rate of 7.3% for the ten-year period leading up to 2024, the Maine Center for Workforce Research & Information shows that the number of jobs for paralegals will increase three times faster than other legal professions and nine times faster than the state’s overall job growth rate.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maine’s paralegals earned an average salary of $46,050 ($22.14 hourly) with professionals in the top 10% earning an average of $62,010 ($29.81 hourly) as of 2016.
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Paralegal Salaries in Maine’s Urban and Rural Areas
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- Average – $40,180 ($19.32 hourly)
- Top 10% – $56,260 ($27.05 hourly)
- Average – $43,500 ($20.91 hourly)
- Top 10% – $58,510 ($28.13 hourly)
- Average – $48,450 ($23.34 hourly)
- Top 10% – $63,720 ($30.64 hourly)
Nonmetropolitan Northeast Maine:
- Average – $46,100 ($22.16 hourly)
- Top 10% – $60,290 ($28.98 hourly)
Nonmetropolitan Southwest Maine:
- Average – $45,150 ($21.70 hourly)
- Top 10% – $60,440 ($29.06 hourly)
Salary and employment data has been compiled by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2010.