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Pennsylvania Paralegal Salaries

Mark your calendar for July 26th and do something nice for yourself; that is officially Paralegal Day in Pennsylvania. Perhaps the only state in the nation to have such a day, you can even look forward to Paralegal Week. Paralegals have been fêting themselves since 2002 when the governor declared these events, and for good reason.

Pennsylvania has the fifth-highest number of paralegal jobs in the nation – 10,800 in 2016. The Philadelphia metro area has fourth-highest number of paralegal jobs of all metro areas in the nation – 4,080. Those stats are according to the US Department of Labor.

That means a lot of opportunity if you’re a paralegal. Opportunity that is compounded when you consider how much paralegal jobs are projected to increase going into the future.

Pennsylvania’s nine-percent projected increase in its number of paralegal jobs is higher than the national average. That’s according to the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis for the decade leading up to 2024.

Why the great prospects for paralegals in our state? For one thing, Pennsylvania has a strong legal tradition that’s as old as the country. We’ve got Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, two great symbols of our nation of laws.

What makes the state amazing for paralegals is the diversity we have among our significant players in the legal sector, which are strongly represented throughout the state:

  • Law firms – PA has great law firms everywhere, especially in Philadelphia which is home to the eight largest law firms in the state who collectively employ 3,848 lawyers (ILRG 2015)
  • Corporate legal teams – PA is the headquarters of major companies like Comcast in Philadelphia, United States Steel in Pittsburgh, and Rite Aid near Harrisburg
  • Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania – PA has one of the largest unified state court systems in the nation that includes municipal courts, courts of common pleas, commonwealth court, superior court, and the supreme court
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Paralegal Salaries in Pennsylvania

These 2016 statistics are reported by the US Department of Labor:

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton:

  • Average annual – $44,300
  • Average hourly – $21.30
  • Top-10th annual – $60,810
  • Top-10th hourly – $29.24

Altoona:

  • Average annual – $33,660
  • Average hourly – $16.18
  • Top-10th annual – $39,950
  • Top-10th hourly – $19.21

Chambersburg-Waynesboro:

  • Average annual – $46,840
  • Average hourly – $22.52
  • Top-10th annual – $62,500
  • Top-10th hourly – $30.05

East Stroudsburg:

  • Average annual – $35,830
  • Average hourly – $17.23
  • Top-10th annual – $38,890
  • Top-10th hourly – $18.70

Erie:

  • Average annual – $49,850
  • Average hourly – $23.96
  • Top-10th annual – $77,970
  • Top-10th hourly – $37.48

Harrisburg-Carlisle:

  • Average annual – $47,230
  • Average hourly – $22.71
  • Top-10th annual – $71,170
  • Top-10th hourly – $34.22

Lancaster:

  • Average annual – $46,230
  • Average hourly – $22.23
  • Top-10th annual – $76,600
  • Top-10th hourly – $36.83

Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester Counties:

  • Average annual – $61,970
  • Average hourly – $29.79
  • Top-10th annual – $87,580
  • Top-10th hourly – $42.11

Philadelphia Metro:

  • Average annual – $56,800
  • Average hourly – $27.31
  • Top-10th annual – $82,770
  • Top-10th hourly – $39.79

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington:

  • Average annual – $57,490
  • Average hourly – $27.64
  • Top-10th annual – $81,540
  • Top-10th hourly – $39.20

Pittsburgh:

  • Average annual – $57,210
  • Average hourly – $27.51
  • Top-10th annual – $80,370
  • Top-10th hourly – $38.64

Reading:

  • Average annual – $48,160
  • Average hourly – $23.16
  • Top-10th annual – $64,850
  • Top-10th hourly – $31.18

Scanton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton:

  • Average annual – $37,340
  • Average hourly – $17.95
  • Top-10th annual – $52,930
  • Top-10th hourly – $25.45

State College:

  • Average annual – $44,650
  • Average hourly – $21.47
  • Top-10th annual – $73,360
  • Top-10th hourly – $35.27

Williamsport:

  • Average annual – $37,150
  • Average hourly – $17.86
  • Top-10th annual – $50,410
  • Top-10th hourly – $24.24

York-Hanover:

  • Average annual – $43,470
  • Average hourly – $20.90
  • Top-10th annual – $73,160
  • Top-10th hourly – $35.17

Salary and employment data from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016.