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Michigan Paralegal Salaries

With Michigan’s business leaders bullish about growth for 2017, it is no surprise that job prospects for corporate paralegals are particularly promising. Though law firms and municipal and district courts will continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, they are also playing an increasingly important role in corporate legal departments.

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget projects a growth rate of 8.8% between 2014 and 2024, a level of growth expected to generate an average of 167 new jobs for paralegals every year.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Michigan’s paralegals earned an average of $51,570 ($24.80 hourly) as of 2016, while experienced professionals with salaries in the top 10% earned an average of $76,460 ($36.76 hourly).

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Metropolitan Salaries for Michigan’s Paralegals

Flint’s paralegals earn the highest average salary in the state, while the most experienced professionals with salaries within the top 10% working in the Niles-Benton Harbor area were recognized as the top earners in the state overall. Niles made the Forbes Top 100 list of best small towns for business and has been an area that has shown particularly strong job growth for corporate paralegals with experience and specialty certification in everything from corporate law to intellectual property licensing.

Ann Arbor:

  • Average – $54,460 ($26.18 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $77,880 ($37.44 hourly)

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn:

  • Average – $52,130 ($25.06 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $77,240 ($37.13 hourly)

Flint:

  • Average – $56,810 ($27.31 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $71,090 ($34.18 hourly)

Grand Rapids-Wyoming:

  • Average – $51,610 ($24.81 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $78,340 ($37.67 hourly)

Kalamazoo-Portage:

  • Average – $46,130 ($22.18 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $62,940 ($30.26 hourly)

Lansing-East Lansing:

  • Average – $53,890 ($25.91 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $69,970 ($33.64 hourly)

Niles-Benton Harbor:

  • Average – $52,850 ($25.41 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $78,930 ($37.95 hourly)

Saginaw:

  • Average – $40,490 ($19.47 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $50,830 ($24.44 hourly)

Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills:

  • Average – $49,740 ($23.91 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $72,960 ($35.08 hourly)

 

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Ann Arbor MI
Estimate Not Released
53980
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Division
1180
50360
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI
3220
50700
Flint MI
80
58880
Grand Rapids-Wyoming MI
640
54500
Holland-Grand Haven MI
60
40750
Kalamazoo-Portage MI
90
48580
Lansing-East Lansing MI
150
45180
Muskegon-Norton Shores MI
Estimate Not Released
29370
Niles-Benton Harbor MI
40
44040
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North MI
90
38410
South Bend-Mishawaka IN-MI
130
37180
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division
2040
50890
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
36120
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
30390
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
80
39860
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
90
43880

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