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Minnesota Paralegal Salaries

With Minnesota’s strong economy contributing to its ranking as the 3rd best state in the country to conduct business according to US News and World Report, the state offers no shortage of opportunities for paralegals, both in traditional settings like law firms and municipal and district courts as well as with corporate legal departments. In fact, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development expects the number of paralegal jobs to increase by 5.9% between 2014 and 2024.

In a 2016 analysis, the Department notes that the number of jobs for paralegals increased over the last decade in Minnesota despite an overall drop in employment in the legal industry. That represents some serious staying power and is largely attributable to the fact that paralegals are more often being tasked with handling legal services that were once solely within the domain of attorneys.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Minnesota’s paralegals earned an average of $55,640 ($26.75 hourly) as of 2016. Professionals in the top 10% earned an average of $79,420 ($38.18 hourly) that year.

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Paralegal Salaries in Minnesota’s Biggest Cities and Non-Metro Areas

The Twin Cities metro area powers Minnesota’s economic engine, so it is no surprise that salaries for paralegals here exceed the state average.

Duluth:

  • Average – $42,580 ($20.47 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $60,350 ($29.02 hourly)

Mankato-North Mankato:

  • Average – $45,070 ($21.67 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $56,240 ($27.04 hourly)

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington:

  • Average – $57,580 ($27.81 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $80,670 ($38.79 hourly)

Rochester:

  • Average – $46,870 ($22.53 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $64,350 ($30.94 hourly)

Nonmetropolitan Northwest:

  • Average – $48,400 ($23.27 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $75,370 ($36.24 hourly)

Nonmetropolitan Southeast:

  • Average – $46,440 ($22.33 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $65,530 ($31.51 hourly)

Nonmetropolitan Southwest:

  • Average – $46,690 ($22.45 hourly)
  • Top 10% – $61,120 ($29.39 hourly)

 

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Duluth MN-WI
100
42360
Fargo ND-MN
90
48590
Grand Forks ND-MN
60
38810
La Crosse WI-MN
50
37420
Mankato-North Mankato MN
60
36900
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
3110
54130
Rochester MN
120
44770
St. Cloud MN
130
41070
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
160
37110
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
44570
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
60
34930
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
180
37980

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