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Ohio Paralegal Salaries

When it comes to the number of jobs and salaries for paralegals in Ohio, the only way to go is up.

Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services projects the number of paralegal jobs will increase by 8.4 percent over the decade leading up to 2024 – higher than the national average. That means an average of 220 job vacancies per year.

The US Department of Labor reports the average salary for paralegals in Ohio has increased by more than $3,000 in the last five years. In 2016 the average salary was $48,240, while experienced paralegals with a 90th percentile salary earned $73,050.

Of the 7,890 paralegals in Ohio, the majority work in the legal industry in our state’s largest cities. This means employment with law firms, company legal departments, the government, and other players in the field of law, which is geographically diverse:

Cleveland metro area:

  • Home to 2,530 paralegals
  • Third-highest average paralegal salary – $49,170
  • Home to companies like Progressive, Sherwin-Williams, and Parker Hannifin
  • The five largest law firms in Cleveland employ 1,749 lawyers

Columbus:

  • Home to 1,770 paralegals
  • Highest average paralegal salary – $53,210
  • Home to corporations like Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and L Brands
  • The three largest law firms in Columbus employ 708 attorneys

Cincinnati metro area:

  • Home to 1,460 paralegals
  • Second-highest average paralegal salary – $51,970
  • Home to companies like Kroger, Macy’s, and Procter & Gamble
  • Home to law firms like Dinsmore & Shohl which alone employs over 500 attorneys

Akron:

  • Home to 580 paralegals
  • Fifth-highest average paralegal salary – $46,460
  • Home to companies like Goodyear and FirstEnergy
  • Home to Roetzel & Andress which employs 178 lawyers

Sources: US Department of Labor 2016; legal firm stats from ILRG’s 350 Largest American Law Firms 2015

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Paralegal Salaries in Ohio

The following is a more thorough overview of salaries throughout the state, reported by the US Department of Labor in 2016:

Akron:

  • Average annual – $46,460
  • Average hourly – $22.34
  • Top-10th annual – $62,430
  • Top-10th hourly – $30.02

Canton-Massillon:

  • Average annual – $40,970
  • Average hourly – $19.70
  • Top-10th annual – $59,050
  • Top-10th hourly – $28.39

Cincinnati:

  • Average annual – $51,970
  • Average hourly – $24.99
  • Top-10th annual – $79,190
  • Top-10th hourly – $38.07

Cleveland-Elyria:

  • Average annual – $49,170
  • Average hourly – $23.64
  • Top-10th annual – $73,190
  • Top-10th hourly – $35.19

Columbus:

  • Average annual – $53,210
  • Average hourly – $25.58
  • Top-10th annual – $79,410
  • Top-10th hourly – $38.18

Dayton:

  • Average annual – $44,230
  • Average hourly – $21.26
  • Top-10th annual – $70,690
  • Top-10th hourly – $33.99

Lima:

  • Average annual – $34,560
  • Average hourly – $16.62
  • Top-10th annual – $52,850
  • Top-10th hourly – $25.41

Mansfield:

  • Average annual – $33,910
  • Average hourly – $16.31
  • Top-10th annual – $47,640
  • Top-10th hourly – $22.91

Springfield:

  • Average annual – $34,630
  • Average hourly – $16.65
  • Top-10th annual – $53,050
  • Top-10th hourly – $25.51

Toledo:

  • Average annual – $46,400
  • Average hourly – $22.31
  • Top-10th annual – $63,700
  • Top-10th hourly – $30.63

Rural Southern Ohio:

  • Average annual – $41,490
  • Average hourly – $19.95
  • Top-10th annual – $60,230
  • Top-10th hourly – $28.96

Rural Northwestern Ohio:

  • Average annual – $36,520
  • Average hourly – $17.56
  • Top-10th annual – $49,090
  • Top-10th hourly – $23.60

Rural North Northeastern Ohio:

  • Average annual – $40,510
  • Average hourly – $19.48
  • Top-10th annual – $54,660
  • Top-10th hourly – $26.28

Rural Eastern Ohio:

  • Average annual – $37,380
  • Average hourly – $17.97
  • Top-10th annual – $48,530
  • Top-10th hourly – $23.33

 

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Akron OH
420
44070
Canton-Massillon OH
170
41060
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
1220
48370
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor OH
1750
48580
Columbus OH
1290
43370
Dayton OH
470
46120
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
230
38730
Mansfield OH
30
33940
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna WV-OH
230
36550
Toledo OH
390
43090
Wheeling WV-OH
100
38020
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman OH-PA
200
35020
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
29460
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area
130
32460
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
170
29390
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
80
30200

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