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.
- Average – $42,580 ($20.47 hourly)
- Top 10% – $60,350 ($29.02 hourly)
- Average – $45,070 ($21.67 hourly)
- Top 10% – $56,240 ($27.04 hourly)
- Average – $57,580 ($27.81 hourly)
- Top 10% – $80,670 ($38.79 hourly)
- Average – $46,870 ($22.53 hourly)
- Top 10% – $64,350 ($30.94 hourly)
- Average – $48,400 ($23.27 hourly)
- Top 10% – $75,370 ($36.24 hourly)
- Average – $46,440 ($22.33 hourly)
- Top 10% – $65,530 ($31.51 hourly)
- Average – $46,690 ($22.45 hourly)
- Top 10% – $61,120 ($29.39 hourly)
Salary and employment data from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016.