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 amongst Alabama metropolitan areas 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,010
25th Percentile Wage
$33,620
50th Percentile Wage
$44,180
75th Percentile Wage
$55,500
90th Percentile Wage
$63,510

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 $63,510. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $44,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,010.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$13.46
25th Percentile Wage
$16.16
50th Percentile Wage
$21.24
75th Percentile Wage
$26.68
90th Percentile Wage
$30.53

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Alabama in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $30.53. The median hourly salary is $21.24. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $13.46.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of paralegals and legal assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201644,1805.09%4.26%
201541,930-9.44%-
201445,8908.17%-
201342,140-0.38%-
201242,300--

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 $30,350 to $50,470. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Alabama is Montgomery with a median annual salary of $50,470. The second highest paying city/area in Alabama State is Birmingham-Hoover (mean annual salary $48,970). The lowest paying area is Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $30,350.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Montgomery
$50,470
Birmingham-Hoover
$48,970
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
$43,800
Tuscaloosa
$41,210
Huntsville
$41,140
Mobile
$37,100
Dothan
$36,990
Auburn-Opelika
$36,430
Gadsden
$36,190
Anniston-Oxford
$35,950
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
$32,220
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
$30,350


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