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Oklahoma Paralegal Salaries

If the past is any indication of the future, paralegal job prospects and salaries will continue to flourish in Oklahoma.

Every year over the decade leading up to 2024 the number of paralegal jobs in Oklahoma is projected to increase by 110. That’s according to the Oklahoma Emloyment Security Commission; a 10.2 percent increase and higher than the national average for paralegals.

As of 2016 the US Department of Labor reports notable statistics about paralegals statewide in Oklahoma:

  • In the past five years the average salary has gone up by $2,390 to it’s current level of $43,310
  • The 90th-percentile salary for paralegals is $66,010
  • Among all rural areas in the nation, the southeast region of the state has the fourth-highest number of paralegals – 320
  • There are a total of 2,800 paralegals working throughout the state, with 1,350 in OKC and 780 in Tulsa

Most paralegals work in the legal industry. That includes as part of law firms, legal teams of large companies, for the government, and in the criminal justice system. This includes:

  • The law firms of McAfee & Taft, and Crowe & Dunlevy – the state’s two largest law firms which are both based in Oklahoma City and employ 294 attorneys collectively (Internet Legal Research Group 2015)
  • The state’s two supreme courts – Oklahoma is unique in the nation with one other state in having two supreme courts: the Oklahoam Court of Criminal Appeals and the Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • Large companies like ONEOK, Williams Companies, and the Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, all headquartered in Tulsa
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Paralegal Salaries By City and Region

The following detailed salary figures are provided by the US Department of Labor for 2016:

Oklahoma City:

  • Average annual – $47,840
  • Average hourly – $23.00
  • Top-10th annual – $70,100
  • Top-10th hourly – $33.70

Tulsa:

  • Average annual – $42,640
  • Average hourly – $20.50
  • Top-10th annual – $66,230
  • Top-10th hourly – $31.84

Lawton:

  • Average annual – $38,180
  • Average hourly – $18.35
  • Top-10th annual – $55,500
  • Top-10th hourly – $26.68

Fort Smith Metro Area (AR-OK):

  • Average annual – $44,860
  • Average hourly – $21.57
  • Top-10th annual – $68,130
  • Top-10th hourly – $32.75

Rural Northwest Oklahoma:

  • Average annual – $33,700
  • Average hourly – $16.20
  • Top-10th annual – $41,200
  • Top-10th hourly – $19.81

Rural Southwest Oklahoma:

  • Average annual – $38,090
  • Average hourly – $18.31
  • Top-10th annual – $57,630
  • Top-10th hourly – $27.71

Rural Southeast Oklahoma:

  • Average annual – $31,820
  • Average hourly – $15.30
  • Top-10th annual – $51,070
  • Top-10th hourly – $24.55

Rural Northeast Oklahoma:

  • Average annual – $48,940
  • Average hourly – $23.53
  • Top-10th annual – $67,160
  • Top-10th hourly – $32.29

 

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Fort Smith AR-OK
170
34290
Oklahoma City OK
990
45720
Tulsa OK
750
41720
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area
240
35660
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area
80
31740
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area
90
33250
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area
250
33890

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