Whether you’re working in Lincoln with the National Research Corporation’s legal department or land a job with one of Omaha’s largest law firms like Kutak Rock, prospects for paralegals throughout Nebraska are high.
Nebraska’s average paralegal salary is higher than the state’s average salary in general. Considered alongside the fact that the projected job growth for paralegals in Nebraska is one of the highest in the nation, that is pretty impressive.
In just the last five years the average statewide salary for paralegals has increased by $2,790. That’s according to the US Department of Labor, which reports that in 2016 the average annual paralegal salary in the state was $46,100. The salary in the top-10th of paralegals that year was $68,840.
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Job Growth Projections – Paralegals Winning
The Nebraska Department of Labor projects the number of paralegal jobs will increase by 16.3 percent over the decade leading up to 2024. That’s more than double the projected national growth rate for paralegals, and puts Nebraska in the top-11 states with the highest growth estimations.
The projected growth for paralegal jobs plays an important part in bolstering the Nebraska Department of Labor’s projections for the legal industry in general, which shows the following industry growth over the decade leading up to 2020, sorted here by region:
- Omaha – 4.2 percent increase
- Lincoln – 3.1 percent increase
- Southeast region – 3 percent decrease
- Central region – 3.8 percent increase
- Mid Plains region – 0.8 percent increase
- Panhandle region – 5.8 percent increase
- Northeast region – 2.6 percent increase
If it weren’t for the strong growth projections for paralegals these general legal industry growth projections would be significantly lower.
Notably, the Nebraska Department of Labor attributes a slowing in the growth of jobs for lawyers and law clerks to the growing demand for paralegals. It details that some of the strong paralegal growth can be attributed to law firms substituting paralegals for these more expensive professionals.
Salary Figures for Paralegals in Nebraska
The following salary data is sourced from the US Department of Labor in 2016, sorted here by city and rural area:
- Average annual – $44,180
- Average hourly – $21.24
- Top-10th annual – $62,920
- Top-10th hourly – $30.25
- Average annual – $49,280
- Average hourly – $23.69
- Top-10th annual – $72,860
- Top-10th hourly – $35.03
- Average annual – $32,500
- Average hourly – $15.63
- Top-10th annual – $38,560
- Top-10th hourly – $18.54
Rural Central Nebraska:
- Average annual – $38,720
- Average hourly – $18.61
- Top-10th annual – $39,330
- Top-10th hourly – $18.91
Rural Southeast Nebraska:
- Average annual – $38,710
- Average hourly – $18.61
- Top-10th annual – $48,480
- Top-10th hourly – $23.31
Salary and employment data from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016.