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Wisconsin Paralegal Salaries

According to the US Department of Labor, in the last five years the number of paralegal jobs in Wisconsin has increased by a staggering 35 percent to 4,690 in 2016.

That department also reports the average paralegal salary is up nearly $4,000 in the last five years, standing at $48,120 as of 2016. The top-90th-percentile salaries for paralegals statewide was $70,360 that year.

While paralegal jobs increased by 35 percent, the US Department of Labor reports that during that same period lawyers didn’t even manage to swell their ranks by a single percentage point. This points to one of the reasons behind the strong prospects of paralegals in Wisconsin: paralegals are replacing lawyers whenever and wherever possible.

Regarding paralegal salaries and employment prospects, you’ll recognize regional differences throughout the state that are attributable to different factors.

The places with the top-three highest average salaries – Green Bay, Madison, and Milwaukee – share these common features:

  • They are the three largest cities in the state which means they have the highest concentrations of law firms, with Milwaukee being home to the state’s seven-largest law firms according to the Internet Legal Research Group
  • They are all the seats of their county’s government (with Madison additionally being home to the state legislature), which means they have paralegals working in the city and county legal systems
  • As the three largest cities they also host more companies who hire paralegals for their corporate legal teams, including Milwaukee with the top-four Wisconsin companies on the 2016 Fortune 500 list: Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, ManpowerGroup, and Kohl’s

Paralegals have a significant presence in the legal system throughout the state. According to the Court Statistics Project sponsored by the National Center for State Courts and the Conference of State Court Administrators, Wisconsin courts adjourned the following amount of cases in 2015:

  • 205,213 civil cases
  • 111,422 criminal cases
  • 55,718 domestic cases
  • 14,419 juvenile cases
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Wisconsin Paralegal Salaries

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

Appleton:

  • Average annual – $41,960
  • Average hourly – $20.17
  • Top-10th annual – $57,410
  • Top-10th hourly – $27.60

Eau Claire:

  • Average annual – $33,100
  • Average hourly – $15.91
  • Top-10th annual – $43,980
  • Top-10th hourly – $21.14

Fond du Lac:

  • Average annual – $38,070
  • Average hourly – $18.30
  • Top-10th annual – $60,840
  • Top-10th hourly – $29.25

Green Bay:

  • Average annual – $46,020
  • Average hourly – $22.12
  • Top-10th annual – $61,940
  • Top-10th hourly – $29.78

Janesville-Beloit:

  • Average annual – $40,570
  • Average hourly – $19.50
  • Top-10th annual – $58,570
  • Top-10th hourly – $28.16

La Crosse-Onalaska:

  • Average annual – $38,050
  • Average hourly – $18.29
  • Top-10th annual – $55,130
  • Top-10th hourly – $26.50

Madison:

  • Average annual – $49,860
  • Average hourly – $23.97
  • Top-10th annual – $68,820
  • Top-10th hourly – $33.08

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis:

  • Average annual – $53,160
  • Average hourly – $25.56
  • Top-10th annual – $76,790
  • Top-10th hourly – $36.92

Oshkosh-Neenah:

  • Average annual – $42,200
  • Average hourly – $20.29
  • Top-10th annual – $57,480
  • Top-10th hourly – $27.63

Racine:

  • Average annual – $43,400
  • Average hourly – $20.87
  • Top-10th annual – $58,160
  • Top-10th hourly – $27.96

Sheboygan:

  • Average annual – $38,790
  • Average hourly – $18.65
  • Top-10th annual – $48,140
  • Top-10th hourly – $23.15

Wausau:

  • Average annual – $41,380
  • Average hourly – $19.89
  • Top-10th annual – $55,730
  • Top-10th hourly – $26.79

Rural Northeastern Wisconsin:

  • Average annual – $41,690
  • Average hourly – $20.04
  • Top-10th annual – $57,450
  • Top-10th hourly – $27.62

Rural Northwestern Wisconsin:

  • Average annual – $45,000
  • Average hourly – $21.64
  • Top-10th annual – $71,030
  • Top-10th hourly – $34.15

Rural South Central Wisconsin:

  • Average annual – $37,190
  • Average hourly – $17.88
  • Top-10th annual – $48,320
  • Top-10th hourly – $23.23

Rural Western Wisconsin:

  • Average annual – $39,370
  • Average hourly – $18.93
  • Top-10th annual – $48,990
  • Top-10th hourly – $23.55

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