Over the last five years the average salary for paralegals in Mississippi has increased by over $7,500, while at the same time the projected job growth rate is coming in at more than two percentage points above the national average.
A significant reason behind the strong job market and salary growth is the strength of Mississippi’s legal services industry. Paralegals can also find some of the best job opportunities – and some of the highest average salaries – through government employment.
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security projects that in the decade leading up to 2024, the number of paralegal jobs throughout the state will grow by 9.7 percent. That puts Mississippi in the top-27 states with the highest projected job growth rate for paralegals.
In fact, in 2016 the US Department of Labor reported that rural Northeast Mississippi – the TAP region (Tishomingo, Alcorn, and Prentiss Counties) – was home to the third-highest number of paralegals of all rural areas in the nation. That’s thanks largely to companies like Caterpillar, ACCO Brands, and Plumrose, with massive legal departments that continue to offer lucrative opportunities that attract paralegals from across the state.
Not to be outdone, cities in the south also contend for talented paralegals. Hattiesburg offers the highest salary for paralegals at the top of their game in the 10th salary percentile. This can be attributed to the fact that aerospace companies offer some of the best salaries for paralegals, and the vicinity of Hattiesburg is home to the likes of General Dynamics Corporation and Burks Aviation.
The US Department of Labor reports that statewide the average salary for paralegals in 2016 was $46,590, which breaks down to $22.40 per hour. That’s a higher average salary than most neighboring states offer. If that trend continues, by 2021 paralegals in the state will be making an average salary of $54,100.
Salary Figures for Paralegals in Mississippi by City
Salary data sourced from the US Department of Labor in 2016:
- Average annual – $41,800
- Average hourly – $20.10
- Top-10th annual – $59,560
- Top-10th hourly – $28.64
- Average annual – $54,060
- Average hourly – $25.99
- Top-10th annual – $82,850
- Top-10th hourly – $39.83
- Average annual – $52,320
- Average hourly – $25.16
- Top-10th annual – $75,820
- Top-10th hourly – $36.45
Memphis, TN metro area:
- Average annual – $48,920
- Average hourly – $23.52
- Top-10th annual – $70,750
- Top-10th hourly – $34.01
Salary and employment data from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016.