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
Southeast Minnesota 29068$24.20/hr$15.54/hr$20.43/hr$23.56/hr$28.29/hr$32.63/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
ConstructionN/AN/A
Manufacturing110N/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities10$30.67/hr
InformationN/AN/A
Financial Activities200$30.34/hr
Professional and Business Services4,410$25.77/hr
Education and Health Services30$35.41/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/A$34.29/hr
Public Administration780$28.01/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State 60$23.14/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 70$21.17/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 80$20.91/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 80$24.06/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 100$20.30/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 120$22.72/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 130$24.61/hr-17.8%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 130$22.33/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 140$21.56/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 150$23.06/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 200$21.87/hr3.5%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 210$23.68/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 250$23.28/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 270$21.24/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 290$23.56/hr-1.0%
Central Minnesota 310$23.11/hr10.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,340$28.35/hr15.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,420$28.22/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,580$26.80/hr13.3%




  • 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.