Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Florida

The average annual and hourly salaries for paralegals and legal assistants in the state of Florida are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of paralegals and legal assistants among Florida 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,420
25th Percentile Wage
$36,650
50th Percentile Wage
$46,200
75th Percentile Wage
$58,590
90th Percentile Wage
$71,940

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Florida in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $71,940. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $46,200. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,420.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$15.11
25th Percentile Wage
$17.62
50th Percentile Wage
$22.21
75th Percentile Wage
$28.17
90th Percentile Wage
$34.59

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Florida in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $34.59. The median hourly salary is $22.21. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $15.11.

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
201646,200-2.49%3.59%
201547,3502.20%-
201446,3101.73%-
201345,5102.13%-
201244,540--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Florida cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Florida ranges from $35,410 to $53,710. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Florida is Cape Coral-Fort Myers with a median annual salary of $53,710. The second highest paying city/area in Florida State is Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall (mean annual salary $51,660). The lowest paying area is Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $35,410.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Cape Coral-Fort Myers
$53,710
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall
$51,660
Port St Lucie
$49,150
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford
$48,480
Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater
$47,710
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach
$47,060
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach
$46,890
Naples-Marco Island
$46,420
Gainesville
$46,240
Punta Gorda
$44,610
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin
$44,580
Tallahassee
$44,380
Jacksonville
$43,860
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach
$43,650
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent
$43,650
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota
$43,140
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area
$40,260
Lakeland-Winter Haven
$40,010
Sebastian-Vero Beach
$39,380
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach
$39,030
South Florida nonmetropolitan area
$38,190
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville
$37,470
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach
$36,640
Ocala
$35,470
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area
$35,410



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