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Massachusetts Paralegal Salaries

The strong economy of Massachusetts factored into its ranking as US News and World Report’s best state in the country as of February 2017. As befits its status as an economic powerhouse, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development expects the number of jobs for paralegals to increase by 3.86% between 2014 and 2024. This level of growth should generate an average of 152 jobs a year for the state’s paralegals.

Massachusetts benefits from strong industry sectors like information and communications technology, education, and healthcare. So it is not surprising that paralegals in Massachusetts working for corporate legal departments in these industries earn some of the highest salaries in the nation. On average, Massachusetts paralegals earned $55,250 ($26.56 hourly) as of 2016, while those the top 10% earned an average of $82,730 ($39.77 hourly).

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Salaries for Paralegals in Massachusetts Metropolitan Areas

Paralegals in Leominster-Gardner earned the highest average salary in the state. Those in the top 10% in Springfield, Framingham, and Leominster-Gardner earned average salaries exceeding $92,000 a year.

Barnstable Town:

  • Average – $47,440 ($22.81 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $62,360 ($29.98 hourly)

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua:

  • Average – $55,570 ($26.72 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $83,400 ($40.10 hourly)

Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton:

  • Average – $56,540 ($27.18 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $79,200 ($38.08 hourly)

Framingham:

  • Average – $58,300 ($28.03 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $93,100 ($44.76 hourly)

Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town:

  • Average – $46,180 ($22.20 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $72,800 ($35.00 hourly)

Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem:

  • Average – $44,450 ($21.37 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $63,620 ($30.59 hourly)

Leominster-Gardner:

  • Average – $63,310 ($30.44 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $92,890 ($44.66 hourly)

Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford:

  • Average – $53,100 ($25.53 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $65,810 ($31.64 hourly)

New Bedford:

  • Average – $42,630 ($20.49 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $69,480 ($33.40 hourly)

Peabody-Salem-Beverly:

  • Average – $53,060 ($25.51 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $33.78 ($70,250 hourly)

Pittsfield:

  • Average – $43,490 ($20.91 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $56,570 ($27.20 hourly)

Springfield:

  • Average – $57,530 ($27.66 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $95,860 ($46.09 hourly)

Taunton-Middleborough-Norton:

  • Average – $52,490 ($25.24 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $78,650 ($37.81 hourly)

Worcester:

  • Average – $51,640 ($24.83 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $74,780 ($35.95 hourly)

 

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Barnstable Town MA
Estimate Not Released
41580
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
5800
50280
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
4700
51170
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
130
42290
Framingham MA NECTA Division
170
54030
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
70
40040
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
180
41090
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner MA
50
37550
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
150
55350
Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division
Estimate Not Released
42850
Peabody MA NECTA Division
Estimate Not Released
45080
Pittsfield MA
50
40780
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA
730
49640
Springfield MA-CT
440
48160
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
70
46620
Worcester MA-CT
190
59230
Nantucket Island and Marthas Vineyard nonmetropolitan area
40
48810

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