Being a paralegal in the state of New York means you're working in one of the best states for employment in your field. New York has 22,600 paralegals, the third highest employment level of paralegals in the country, according to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to a great state employment rate for paralegals, the New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan area has the country's top employment level at 15,840 paralegals, with nearly three paralegals for every 1,000 jobs. This is the most competitive area for paralegals in the state due to the large concentration of them.
New York Paralegal Job Market
The job outlook for paralegals and legal assistants has it growing at a higher than average rate with most of the opportunities near New York City (over 17,000 of the state's paralegals work in this metro area). Nationally the rate is expected to be 17 percent, while New York is lagging slightly at 15.8 percent growth. About 80 percent of paralegals working in New York work for private law firms. Nearly half of New York's paralegals have bachelor's degrees.
In addition to work in private law firms, there are opportunities in government agencies, environmental groups, corporations and finance. New York boasts a number of corporate headquarters with large legal teams. Legal assistants can often find work in a variety of companies and many industries such as American Express, Barnes & Noble, Estée Lauder, MetLife, Pfizer, PepsiCo and more. An entry-level paralegals best job outlook is in areas like Syracuse, Buffalo, Albany or Rochester, where competition is less fierce.
Paralegal Salaries in New York
East central New York is one of the highest paid non metropolitan areas for paralegals in the United States. The annual mean wage there is $55,190. The state's average salary is slightly lower at $54,840, but still more than the national average of $46,900.