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Maine Paralegal Salaries

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

Even beyond the opportunities that exist in the legal industry, the state’s export industry offers opportunities for paralegals working in the corporate legal departments of product manufacturers and logistics companies, with even more opportunities on the way according to a 2017 report published by the Maine Economic Growth Council and the Maine Development Foundation.

Bangor:

  • Average – $40,180 ($19.32 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $56,260 ($27.05 hourly)

Lewiston-Auburn:

  • Average – $43,500 ($20.91 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $58,510 ($28.13 hourly)

Portland-South Portland:

  • 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)

 

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bangor ME
140
43940
Lewiston-Auburn ME
110
40330
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford ME
500
47670
Portsmouth NH-ME
100
47540
Rochester-Dover NH-ME
50
41160
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
37750
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area
250
34290

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