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Texas Paralegal Salaries

Despite the skyrocketing 32-percent job growth rate for paralegals over the past five years, not to mention a 10-percent increase in average salaries, the Texas Workforce Commission still expects to see a 27-percent increase in the number of paralegal jobs over the decade leading up to 2024.

It should come as no surprise that the US Department of Labor ranks Texas among the best states in the nation to be a paralegal (2016):

  • Texas is home to the fourth-highest number of paralegals in the nation – 22,120
  • Over the past five years the average paralegal salary has increased by $4,810 to $54,480, placing Texas in the top-15 states for highest average salaries
  • Over the past five years the number of paralegals in the state has increased by 32 percent, from 16,730 in 2011 to 22,120 in 2016
  • Three metro areas in Texas are among only 14 in the nation to offer paralegals a top-10th percentile salary that is more than $100k: Midland ($109,220), the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area ($107,490), and Houston ($103,840); statewide the top-10th percentile salary is $82,700

Law offices are the biggest employers of paralegals, and include everything from firms that handle civil litigation to public defenders’ offices to the state attorney general.

The Dallas County Public Defender’s Office is the largest of its kind in the entire state. The Internet Legal Research Group reports that 17 of the nation’s 325 largest law firms are based in Texas, with nine in Dallas and six in Houston, employing a combined total of 7,971 lawyers in 2015.

For corporate paralegals in Texas, the top paying jobs are found in the aerospace, electronics, and pharmaceutical industries.

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Paralegal Salaries in Texas

The following statistics are sourced from the US Department of Labor in 2016:

Amarillo:

  • Average annual – $42,680
  • Average hourly – $20.52
  • Top-10th annual – $61,930
  • Top-10th hourly – $29.77

Austin-Round Rock:

  • Average annual – $48,660
  • Average hourly – $23.39
  • Top-10th annual – $70,480
  • Top-10th hourly – $33.88

Beaumont-Port Arthur:

  • Average annual – $45,510
  • Average hourly – $21.88
  • Top-10th annual – $64,420
  • Top-10th hourly – $30.97

Brownsville-Harlingen:

  • Average annual – $40,170
  • Average hourly – $19.31
  • Top-10th annual – $64,780
  • Top-10th hourly – $31.14

College Station-Bryan:

  • Average annual – $36,600
  • Average hourly – $17.60
  • Top-10th annual – $56,670
  • Top-10th hourly – $27.24

Corpus Christi:

  • Average annual – $42,730
  • Average hourly – $20.55
  • Top-10th annual – $61,030
  • Top-10th hourly – $29.34

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington:

  • Average annual – $62,140
  • Average hourly – $29.87
  • Top-10th annual – $90,730
  • Top-10th hourly – $43.62

Dallas-Plano-Irving:

  • Average annual – $65,390
  • Average hourly – $31.44
  • Top-10th annual – $94,690
  • Top-10th hourly – $45.52

El Paso:

  • Average annual – $39,710
  • Average hourly – $19.09
  • Top-10th annual – $62,460
  • Top-10th hourly – $30.03

Fort Worth-Arlington:

  • Average annual – $51,880
  • Average hourly – $24.94
  • Top-10th annual – $75,240
  • Top-10th hourly – $36.17

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land:

  • Average annual – $61,440
  • Average hourly – $29.54
  • Top-10th annual – $103,840
  • Top-10th hourly – $49.92

Killeen-Temple:

  • Average annual – $43,640
  • Average hourly – $20.98
  • Top-10th annual – $62,560
  • Top-10th hourly – $30.08

Laredo:

  • Average annual – $47,340
  • Average hourly – $22.76
  • Top-10th annual – $75,200
  • Top-10th hourly – $36.16

Longview:

  • Average annual – $39,400
  • Average hourly – $18.94
  • Top-10th annual – $48,300
  • Top-10th hourly – $23.22

Lubbock:

  • Average annual – $36,070
  • Average hourly – $17.34
  • Top-10th annual – $53,270
  • Top-10th hourly – $25.61

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission:

  • Average annual – $47,400
  • Average hourly – $22.79
  • Top-10th annual – $107,490
  • Top-10th hourly – $51.68

Midland:

  • Average annual – $58,640
  • Average hourly – $28.19
  • Top-10th annual – $109,220
  • Top-10th hourly – $52.51

Odessa:

  • Average annual – $44,080
  • Average hourly – $21.19
  • Top-10th annual – $59,490
  • Top-10th hourly – $28.60

San Antonio-New Braunfels:

  • Average annual – $47,130
  • Average hourly – $22.66
  • Top-10th annual – $67,160
  • Top-10th hourly – $32.29

Sherman-Denison:

  • Average annual – $38,450
  • Average hourly – $18.49
  • Top-10th annual – $53,420
  • Top-10th hourly – $25.68

Texarkana:

  • Average annual – $43,660
  • Average hourly – $20.99
  • Top-10th annual – $58,180
  • Top-10th hourly – $27.97

Tyler:

  • Average annual – $43,890
  • Average hourly – $21.10
  • Top-10th annual – $60,680
  • Top-10th hourly – $29.17

Waco:

  • Average annual – $45,160
  • Average hourly – $21.71
  • Top-10th annual – $66,510
  • Top-10th hourly – $31.97

Wichita Falls:

  • Average annual – $41,680
  • Average hourly – $20.04
  • Top-10th annual – $60,260
  • Top-10th hourly – $28.97

 

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Abilene TX
50
44450
Amarillo TX
190
45900
Austin-Round Rock TX
1480
47010
Beaumont-Port Arthur TX
310
44350
Brownsville-Harlingen TX
Estimate Not Released
43840
College Station-Bryan TX
130
40870
Corpus Christi TX
300
42370
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
5040
52530
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
4200
53380
El Paso TX
430
33430
Fort Worth-Arlington TX Metropolitan Division
840
48350
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX
5720
49480
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood TX
170
39460
Laredo TX
Estimate Not Released
44860
Longview TX
140
40660
Lubbock TX
190
46090
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX
230
38830
Midland TX
140
35720
San Angelo TX
60
38080
San Antonio TX
1650
45870
Sherman-Denison TX
100
35620
Texarkana-Texarkana TX-AR
Estimate Not Released
35250
Tyler TX
160
40720
Victoria TX
40
37400
Waco TX
80
44140
Wichita Falls TX
30
38000
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
210
46770
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
100
39340
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
210
38710
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
80
41830
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
41320

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