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Wyoming Paralegal Salaries

Wyoming has had one of the most dramatic increases in its paralegal salaries over the last five years as any state in the nation. Between 2011 and 2016 the US Department of Labor reports the average paralegal salary statewide has increased by 30 percent to its 2016 level of $49,160. The statewide 90th-perentile salary for that year was $67,560.

That stark increase has been bolstered by rural Southwest Wyoming. This region offers the fifth-highest average paralegal salary of all rural areas in the nation – $59,450 – according to the US Department of Labor. That’s thanks in part to law firms based in the area such as:

  • Rock Springs – Kaumo Law Offices, Harton Law Firm, and the Law Offices of Nathan W. Jeppsen
  • Evanston – Harris Law Firm, John A. Thomas Law Office, and Arnold Law Offices

The US Department of Labor also reports that between 2011 and 2016 the number of paralegals statewide has increased by 16 percent.

Altogether Wyoming employs 520 paralegals according to the US Department of Labor in 2016: 140 in Cheyenne, 80 in Casper, 80 in the rural Northeast, 60 in the rural Northwest, and 160 throughout the rest of the state.

You’ll find that in general county seats offer higher paralegal salaries and more employment opportunities. That’s because they are the heads of government, the local legal system, and the local court system.

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Wyoming’s supreme court is based in Cheyenne, and its district courts are headquartered in:

  • Cheyenne
  • Laramie
  • Rawlins
  • Kemmerer
  • Green River
  • Evanston
  • Buffalo
  • Sheridan
  • Basin
  • Thermopolis
  • Cody
  • Worland
  • Gillette
  • Sundance
  • Newcastle
  • Casper
  • Douglas
  • Torrington
  • Lusk
  • Wheatland
  • Lander
  • Pinedale
  • Jackson

Salary Figures for Paralegals in Wyoming

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

Casper:

  • Average annual – $48,540
  • Average hourly – $23.34
  • Top-10th annual – $60,830
  • Top-10th hourly – $29.25

Cheyenne:

  • Average annual – $52,540
  • Average hourly – $25.26
  • Top-10th annual – $77,570
  • Top-10th hourly – $37.30

Rural Northeast Wyoming:

  • Average annual – $41,940
  • Average hourly – $20.17
  • Top-10th annual – $59,320
  • Top-10th hourly – $28.52

Rural Northwest Wyoming:

  • Average annual – $48,240
  • Average hourly – $23.19
  • Top-10th annual – $63,300
  • Top-10th hourly – $30.43

Rural Southwest Wyoming:

  • Average annual – $59,450
  • Average hourly – $28.58
  • Top-10th annual – $77,500
  • Top-10th hourly – $37.26

Rural Southeast Wyoming:

  • Average annual – $40,540
  • Average hourly – $19.49
  • Top-10th annual – $52,940
  • Top-10th hourly – $25.45

 

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Casper WY
90
36840
Cheyenne WY
180
39970
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
80
31880
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
33230
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
32140
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
35050

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