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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

23-2011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants



Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action. Excludes “Legal Secretaries” (43-6012).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 23023$28.12/hr$22.13/hr$22.36/hr$28.46/hr$31.35/hr$37.91/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing50$50.93/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities80$53.70/hr
InformationN/AN/A
Financial Activities300$47.26/hr
Professional and Business Services4,440$30.27/hr
Education and Health Services30$35.46/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services40$32.32/hr
Public Administration690$34.53/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 20$30.33/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 70$24.43/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 80$29.58/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 90$31.00/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 100$23.48/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 120$30.51/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 130$30.44/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 140$29.70/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 160$29.10/hr9.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 160$26.24/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 170$30.65/hr14.1%
Northwest Balance of State 190$27.02/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 220$30.44/hr11.5%
Northwest Minnesota 230$28.46/hr9.8%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 230$28.83/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 280$30.65/hr10.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,470$31.86/hr10.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,660$31.74/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,650$31.00/hr10.6%




  • Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
  • File pleadings with court clerk.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records and internet sources, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.