Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for paralegals and legal assistants in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of paralegals and legal assistants among California 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,120
25th Percentile Wage
$39,400
50th Percentile Wage
$57,300
75th Percentile Wage
$75,620
90th Percentile Wage
$94,830

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $94,830. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $57,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,120.

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
$57,300
0.61% 1.99%
2016
$56,950
0.58% -
2015
$56,620
-1.13% -
2014
$57,260
1.47% -
2013
$56,420
0.46% -
2012
$56,160
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of California ranges from $35,020 to $86,220. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in California is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $86,220. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $77,820). The lowest paying area is Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $35,020.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$86,220
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$77,820
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$75,870
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$68,000
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$66,930
Vallejo-Fairfield
$65,210
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$63,370
Napa
$61,580
Redding
$60,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$58,650
Salinas
$58,650
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$58,370
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$57,270
Merced
$56,090
Bakersfield-Delano
$54,440
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$54,060
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$53,010
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$51,840
Fresno
$50,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$48,830
El Centro
$48,120
Modesto
$47,780
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$47,710
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$45,370
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$44,330
Stockton
$44,080
Hanford-Corcoran
$43,490
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$42,380
Chico
$42,070
Visalia-Porterville
$40,810
Yuba City
$40,130
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$35,020




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