Virginia Paralegal Salaries

In 2020, the average salary for paralegals statewide was $53,400. Paralegals earning a 90th-percentile salary made $82,060 that year.

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The US Department of Labor reports that in 2020 Virginia was home to 10,440 paralegals, with 2,080 working out of Richmond and another 2,050 in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News area.

The legal sector – by far the biggest employer of paralegals –intersects with government, businesses, and the judicial branch, and you’ll find paralegals throughout the state specializing in the kind of legal work they require.

Richmond is Virginia’s paralegal capital, not least of all because it is the center of the state’s government. It’s also where the state’s four largest law firms are based – McGuireWoods, Hunton-Andrews-Kurth, LeClairRyan and Williams Mullen – who collectively employ more than 2,300 lawyers (Internet Legal Research Group, July 2020).

West Falls Church is home to heavyweights in aerospace and defense Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics. Richmond is home to the pharmaceutical company kaléo. The major finance enterprise Freddie Mac is headquartered in Fairfax County. These are all examples of companies that depend on paralegals as guides to navigate the legal sector.

And don’t forget about Virginia’s legal system. Virginia courts hear over half a million civil cases a year and around 350,000 domestic cases. (National Center for State Courts, Conference of State Court Administrators).

Paralegal Salaries in Virginia

The mix of employers in the legal sector has a lot to do with how paralegal salaries vary by location throughout the state:

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford:

  • Average annual – $45,080
  • Average hourly – $21.68
  • Top-10th annual – $60,040
  • Top-10th hourly – $28.86

Charlottesville:

  • Average annual – $46,370
  • Average hourly – $22.30
  • Top-10th annual – $62,660
  • Top-10th hourly – $30.12

Harrisonburg:

  • Average annual – $37,590
  • Average hourly – $18.07
  • Top-10th annual – $58,020
  • Top-10th hourly – $27.90

Lynchburg:

  • Average annual – $37,490
  • Average hourly – $18.03
  • Top-10th annual – $57,730
  • Top-10th hourly – $27.76

Richmond:

  • Average annual – $52,180
  • Average hourly – $25.09
  • Top-10th annual – $76,070
  • Top-10th hourly – $36.57

Roanoke:

  • Average annual – $40,550
  • Average hourly – $19.49
  • Top-10th annual – $62,780
  • Top-10th hourly – $30.18

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News:

  • Average annual – $46,350
  • Average hourly – $22.28
  • Top-10th annual – $69,110
  • Top-10th hourly – $33.23

Winchester:

  • Average annual – $41,240
  • Average hourly – $19.83
  • Top-10th annual – $70,850
  • Top-10th hourly – $34.06

Rural Northwest Virginia:

  • Average annual – $41,550
  • Average hourly – $19.98
  • Top-10th annual – $57,040
  • Top-10th hourly – $27.42

Rural Southside Virginia:

  • Average annual – $43300
  • Average hourly – $20.82
  • Top-10th annual – $57200
  • Top-10th hourly – $27.50

Rural Southwest Virginia:

  • Average annual – $32,710
  • Average hourly – $15.72
  • Top-10th annual – $52,450
  • Top-10th hourly – $25.22

May 2020 US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary figures and job market trends for paralegals represent state data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Data accessed September 2021.