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Oregon Paralegal Salaries

With a 15.6 percent projected growth rate over the decade leading up to 2024, the outlook for paralegal jobs in Oregon is more than twice that of paralegals nationwide. That’s according to Oregon’s Employment Department, which reports an average of 110 paralegal jobs will be added over that period.

In 2016 the US Department of Labor released it’s latest report about Oregon’s paralegal landscape. From a statewide total of 3,290 paralegals, 2,520 work in the greater Portland metro area, 360 work in Salem, and 140 work in Eugene.

The distribution of paralegals throughout the state has a lot to do with how the legal services industry is present in cities and rural communities throughout Oregon. Major sectors that employ paralegals include law firms, government, the criminal justice system, and corporate legal teams.

You’ll recognize how many of these key sectors are represented at different locations throughout the state. Consider that Oregon’s statewide proportion of paralegals to population is one paralegal for every 1,244 people (1:1,244).

  • Portland metro proportion 1:962 – Portland has a higher-than average proportion of paralegals because it is the economic center of the state. It hosts company headquarters and their legal departments, such as Nike and Precision Castparts Corporation, as well as the state’s two largest law firms: Stoel Rives and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.
  • Salem proportion 1:465 – Salem’s high proportion of paralegals-to-population is explained because it is the headquarters of many government institutions including the legislature and the state’s 3rd Judicial District.
  • Eugene proportion 1:1,190 – Eugene’s ratio is on-par with the state’s overall ratio. Paralegals work with law firms, corporate clients, and government agencies among others.
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Oregon Paralegal Salary Stats

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

Bend-Redmond Area:

  • Average annual – $46,560
  • Average hourly – $22.38
  • Top-10th annual – $58,990
  • Top-10th hourly – $28.36

Eugene:

  • Average annual – $47,220
  • Average hourly – $22.70
  • Top-10th annual – $63,960
  • Top-10th hourly – $30.75

Medford:

  • Average annual – $50,370
  • Average hourly – $24.22
  • Top-10th annual – $71,980
  • Top-10th hourly – $34.60

Portland Metro Area (OR-WA):

  • Average annual – $55,170
  • Average hourly – $26.53
  • Top-10th annual – $78,730
  • Top-10th hourly – $37.85

Salem:

  • Average annual – $44,010
  • Average hourly – $21.16
  • Top-10th annual – $59,000
  • Top-10th hourly – $28.37

Rural North Coast:

  • Average annual – $42,470
  • Average hourly – $20.42
  • Top-10th annual – $78,730
  • Top-10th hourly – $37.85

Rural South Coast:

  • Average annual – $44,900
  • Average hourly – $21.59
  • Top-10th annual – $62,190
  • Top-10th hourly – $29.90

Rural Central Oregon:

  • Average annual – $32,040
  • Average hourly – $15.40
  • Top-10th annual – $46,570
  • Top-10th hourly – $22.39

Rural Eastern Oregon:

  • Average annual – $37,050
  • Average hourly – $17.81
  • Top-10th annual – $44,310
  • Top-10th hourly – $21.30

 

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bend OR
50
44330
Corvallis OR
50
41090
Eugene-Springfield OR
130
46150
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton OR-WA
1640
54140
Salem OR
310
39510
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area
40
39090
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area
70
35600

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