Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Alabama

The average annual and hourly salaries for paralegals and legal assistants in the state of Alabama are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of paralegals and legal assistants among Alabama cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Paralegals and Legal Assistants in Alabama

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,470
25th Percentile Wage
$33,120
50th Percentile Wage
$43,840
75th Percentile Wage
$54,730
90th Percentile Wage
$63,040

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Alabama in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $63,040. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $43,840. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,470.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of paralegals and legal assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$43,840
-0.78% 3.51%
2016
$44,180
5.09% -
2015
$41,930
-9.44% -
2014
$45,890
8.17% -
2013
$42,140
-0.38% -
2012
$42,300
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Paralegals and Legal Assistants in Alabama Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Alabama cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Alabama ranges from $22,980 to $51,210. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Alabama is Montgomery with a median annual salary of $51,210. The second highest paying city/area in Alabama State is Birmingham-Hoover (mean annual salary $49,760). The lowest paying area is Florence-Muscle Shoals with a median annual salary of $22,980.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Montgomery
$51,210
Birmingham-Hoover
$49,760
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
$43,800
Tuscaloosa
$38,820
Huntsville
$37,680
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
$37,230
Decatur
$36,820
Dothan
$36,820
Mobile
$36,620
Auburn-Opelika
$36,430
Anniston-Oxford
$33,990
Gadsden
$33,600
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
$33,050
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
$30,350
Florence-Muscle Shoals
$22,980




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