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Paralegals and Legal Assistants in New Mexico

Considering a career as a Paralegal or Legal Assistant in New Mexico?

12.3% Jobs Projection
$45,200 Median Salary
190 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Paralegals and Legal Assistants in New Mexico are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Paralegals and Legal Assistants in New Mexico is growing faster than average.

  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants in New Mexico earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

In New Mexico, there were 1,310 people working as Paralegals and Legal Assistants in the year 2018.

There were 1,510 Paralegals and Legal Assistants employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 200 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants in NM Employment Trend

The typical state has 4,060 Paralegals and Legal Assistants working in it, which means New Mexico has fewer Paralegals and Legal Assistants than average.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants in NM vs. the Average State

Job Projections for New Mexico

Jobs for Paralegals and Legal Assistants in this state are growing at a rate of 12.3% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.6%.

Job Projections for Paralegals and Legal Assistants: Nation vs. NM

New Mexico Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 190 annual Paralegals and Legal Assistants job openings in New Mexico, and 1,830 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 34,700 annual jobs and 327,400 total jobs in 2026.

In 2018 wages for Paralegals and Legal Assistants ranged from $30,410 to $72,280 with $45,200 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $14.62 to $34.75. The median hourly rate was $21.73.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $19.77 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $1.96.

The median salary in New Mexico is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants Earnings: NM vs. National Average

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Paralegals and Legal Assistants.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque, NM 870 $43,750
Santa Fe, NM 180 $48,660
Las Cruces, NM 90 $39,800

View the list below to see where most Paralegals and Legal Assistants work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 33,390 $57,290
Florida 30,230 $47,550
New York 25,500 $54,400
Texas 24,290 $52,220
Illinois 13,540 $54,600
Pennsylvania 12,440 $49,710
North Carolina 10,160 $43,530
Virginia 9,960 $47,810
Ohio 9,150 $45,320
Georgia 9,140 $51,180
New Jersey 8,120 $55,770
Massachusetts 7,330 $56,660
Arizona 7,280 $46,520
Maryland 7,060 $53,530
Washington 6,220 $57,670
Michigan 6,110 $47,420
South Carolina 6,060 $41,850
District of Columbia 5,330 $80,030
Colorado 5,250 $56,710
Minnesota 4,890 $54,810

Below are the states where Paralegals and Legal Assistants get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $80,030
Connecticut $60,240
Alaska $58,170
Washington $57,670
California $57,290
Nevada $57,120
Colorado $56,710
Massachusetts $56,660
New Jersey $55,770
Minnesota $54,810

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