Nevada is a remarkable state to work in if you’re a paralegal. It has by far the highest projected growth rate of any state for paralegal jobs over the decade leading up to 2024 – a 45 percent growth rate according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. That’s about six times the projected national growth rate for paralegals over that same time period. The state with the second-highest projected growth rate is Colorado, coming in a full 14 percentage points below Nevada.
Paralegal salaries are also remarkable in Nevada. It offers the 12th-highest average salary – $54,700 – for paralegals of all states, and those in the top-10th of their field earn $75,150. That’s according to the US Department of Labor in 2016, which also reports that the average paralegal wage is up $3,350 from just five years ago.
Paralegal salaries are good throughout the state, including in the Las Vegas area where they are bolstered by major law firms. Large casinos and the hotels associated with them – MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn Resorts to name a few – have full-time teams of legal experts working to stay within the law and invest profits.
Nevada is also a great place for business. It has no corporate tax, no personal income tax, no franchise tax, and no inventory tax. As more companies call Nevada home they are going to hire more paralegals by default for their legal teams. This trend is apparent in many sectors, and just in 2016 the following companies announced they are moving to Nevada:
- CAEK Inc – software company moving to Reno
- Thrive Market Inc – software company establishing a new center near Reno
- WebstaurantStore – online restaurant supply store expanding to Dayton
The highest average salaries for paralegals are in Carson City, thanks largely to the legal ecosystem fostered by its status as the state’s capital. Outside the legal services industry the US Department of Labor reports the largest industry employers of paralegals are the federal government, local government, and state government.
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Salary Stats for Paralegals in Nevada
These salary figures are taken from the US Department of Labor in 2016:
- Average annual – $54,780
- Average hourly – $26.34
- Top-10th annual – $75,150
- Top-10th hourly – $36.13
- Average annual – $55,210
- Average hourly – $26.54
- Top-10th annual – $76,050
- Top-10th hourly – $36.56
- Average annual – $59,330
- Average hourly – $28.52
- Top-10th annual – $82,260
- Top-10th hourly – $39.55
Rural South Nevada:
- Average annual – $42,740
- Average hourly – $20.55
- Top-10th annual – $60,070
- Top-10th hourly – $28.88
Salary and employment data has been compiled by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2010.