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Paralegals and Legal Assistants in North Carolina

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17.3% Jobs Projection
$43,530 Median Salary
1,140 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Paralegals and Legal Assistants in North Carolina is growing faster than average.

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

There were approximately 10,160 workers employed as Paralegals and Legal Assistants in this state in 2018.

There were 9,190 Paralegals and Legal Assistants employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 970 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants in NC Employment Trend

The typical state has 4,060 Paralegals and Legal Assistants working in it, which means North Carolina has more Paralegals and Legal Assistants than average.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants in NC vs. the Average State

Job Projections for North Carolina

Jobs for Paralegals and Legal Assistants in this state are growing at a rate of 17.3% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.6%.

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

North Carolina Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 1,140 annual job openings, and a total of 10,660 jobs for North Carolina Paralegals and Legal Assistants in 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 $27,420 to $70,290 with $43,530 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $13.18 to $33.79. The median hourly rate was $20.93.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $20.67 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.26.

The median salary in North Carolina is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants Earnings: NC 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
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 3,570 $49,060
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,040 $41,480
Raleigh, NC 1,690 $46,810
Winston-Salem, NC 880 $39,140
Greensboro-High Point, NC 730 $36,920
Asheville, NC 580 $41,520
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 550 $48,560
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 370 $37,800
Wilmington, NC 350 $42,510
Fayetteville, NC 260 $42,870
New Bern, NC 220 $42,840
Greenville, NC 130 $44,030
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 120 $34,930
Jacksonville, NC 100 $31,370
Rocky Mount, NC 80 $37,420
Goldsboro, NC 70 $34,900
Burlington, NC 50 $44,000

The table below shows the states 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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