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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of paralegals and legal assistants from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|El Centro|| |
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles|| |
|Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Yuba City|| |
|Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |