Paralegals are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, paralegals rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 11% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy paralegals are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Judicial law clerk
3.0
$54k
Probation officer
2.9
$55k
Customs inspector
2.9
$83k
Legal secretary
2.7
$36k
Paralegal
2.7
$43k
Lawyer
2.6
$120k
Security guard
2.6
$27k
Correctional officer
2.4
$42k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are paralegals happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do paralegals find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as paralegals?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are paralegal’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are paralegals making the best use of their abilities?

Are paralegals happy with their salary?