Becoming a Paralegal Specialist via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Kaplan University, one of the highest ranking online schools, is a US school (accredited) offering paralegal courses to train individuals to become top-notch paralegals, paralegalss, paralegal professionals, real estate paralegals, certified paralegals, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 246,810 people employed as paralegals and legal assistants alone in America, and their average annual salary is $50,080. Colleges and universities like Kaplan University that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Paralegal Specialist Salary Information

Category: Paralegals and legal assistants

Total # Employed in the US 246,810
Average Hourly Wage: $24.08/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$14.32 $17.67 $22.58 $29.14 $36.39
Average Yearly Salary $50,080
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$29,800 $36,760 $46,980 $60,620 $75,700
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
0.8% 14.0% 26.6% 18.4% 33.7% 4.1% 2.4%
Paralegals and legal assistants — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Florida $31.14/hr $64,760
Oklahoma $28.91/hr $60,140
Colorado $28.5/hr $59,270
Kansas $26.29/hr $54,690
Alaska $25.31/hr $52,640
North Dakota $25.22/hr $52,460
District of Columbia $25.2/hr $52,410
Idaho $24.69/hr $51,350
Missouri $24.54/hr $51,050
Delaware $24.45/hr $50,850
New York $24.38/hr $50,720
Tennessee $24.35/hr $50,640
Mississippi $24.2/hr $50,330
Wyoming $23.84/hr $49,590
Connecticut $23.83/hr $49,570
Utah $23.7/hr $49,290
Nebraska $23.62/hr $49,130
Virginia $23.6/hr $49,090
Montana $23.47/hr $48,810
Puerto Rico $23.18/hr $48,210
Indiana $22.9/hr $47,640
Arkansas $22.86/hr $47,550
Hawaii $22.05/hr $45,870
New Hampshire $21.6/hr $44,920
South Carolina $21.25/hr $44,200
Alabama $20.98/hr $43,640
North Carolina $20.92/hr $43,510
South Dakota $20.92/hr $43,520
Louisiana $20.79/hr $43,240
Massachusetts $20.47/hr $42,570
Guam $20.3/hr $42,220
Michigan $20.1/hr $41,820
Maine $20.09/hr $41,790
Ohio $20.03/hr $41,650
Washington $19.96/hr $41,510
Oregon $19.76/hr $41,100
Wisconsin $19.2/hr $39,930
Maryland $19.18/hr $39,880
Kentucky $19.01/hr $39,530
Iowa $19/hr $39,530
Pennsylvania $18.95/hr $39,420
New Mexico $18.9/hr $39,310
New Jersey $18.5/hr $38,480
Nevada $18.33/hr $38,120
West Virginia $18.05/hr $37,550
California $17.85/hr $37,130


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