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Paralegals and Legal Assistants in Virginia

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Paralegals and Legal Assistants in Virginia

Is Virginia a good place for you to work as a Paralegal or Legal Assistant?

$47,810 Median Salary
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants in Virginia earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

9,960 people worked as Paralegals and Legal Assistants in 2018 in this state.

There were 8,790 Paralegals and Legal Assistants employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 1,170 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants in VA Employment Trend

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

Paralegals and Legal Assistants in VA vs. the Average State

In 2018 wages for Paralegals and Legal Assistants ranged from $30,280 to $80,510 with $47,810 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $14.56 to $38.71. The median hourly rate was $22.98.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $23.89 an hour.

The hourly rate declined by $0.91.

The median salary in Virginia is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants Earnings: VA 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
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 11,540 $63,750
Richmond, VA 2,260 $50,110
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,040 $41,480
Roanoke, VA 390 $35,070
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 230 $40,220
Charlottesville, VA 210 $51,440
Lynchburg, VA 200 $46,430
Harrisonburg, VA 200 $30,950
Winchester, VA-WV 110 $38,430
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 50 $37,350

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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