“N.J. Paralegal Pay Lags Behind the National Average”

One of our Paralegal SuperConference speakers, James Wilber from Altman Weil, publishes national salary survey.  Ouch, NJ is the lowest:

"Paralegals in New Jersey earn markedly less than their counterparts in other parts of the country, according to a new survey of paralegal compensation. [See chart.]

"If they worked in Newark last year, their average pay was $53,909, including bonus and overtime. Those in the Philadelphia-southern New Jersey region earned more: $58,552.

"But both were below the national scale of $61,134, according to Newtown Square, Pa.-based legal consultant Altman Weil Inc., which last week reported the results of its survey of 261 law firms and 80 legal departments done early this year.

"New Jersey pay was surpassed by that in major cities such as New York ($66,947), Atlanta ($67,615), Boston ($68,329), Chicago ($71,166), Dallas ($69,722), Houston ($68,523), Los Angeles ($74,171) and Miami ($68,277).

"New Jersey pay was more in line with mid-Atlantic cities like Baltimore ($59,196) and Washington, D.C. ($56,303)."