The Bureau of Labor Statistics published their new handbook in March 2012 regarding Paralegal and Legal Assistants wages along with the anticipated growth in jobs from 2010-2020. For a quick summary I have attached their quick facts summary below.
|Quick Facts: Paralegals and Legal Assistants|
|2010 Median Pay||$46,680 per year
$22.44 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Associate’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||256,000|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||18% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||46,900|
To see the Handbook, click here.
O’Net Information on Paralegals
O’Net shows a difference in the projected job openings during this same 10 year period of almost almost double.
|Median wages (2011)||$22.47 hourly, $46,730 annual|
|Employment (2010)||256,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Average (10% to 19%)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||83,400|
|Top industries (2010)|