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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)

 

Salary and employment data from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016.