Compensation and Job Outlook
According to the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) 2013 National Utilization and Compensation Survey Report, the national average value for paralegals in the year 2012 was $57,388.00 (includes both salary and bonus compensation). The job outlook for paralegals is encouraging. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The Bureau states that the paralegal occupation attracts many applicants, and competition for jobs will be strong. Experienced, formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects. The projected numeric change in employment from 2012 to 2022 is +46,200.