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 amongst Florida 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 Florida

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,690
25th Percentile Wage
$35,940
50th Percentile Wage
$46,730
75th Percentile Wage
$59,860
90th Percentile Wage
$73,180

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 $73,180. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $46,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,690.

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
$46,730
1.13% 4.69%
2016
$46,200
-2.49% -
2015
$47,350
2.20% -
2014
$46,310
1.73% -
2013
$45,510
2.13% -
2012
$44,540
- -

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 $35,270 to $54,670. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Florida is Port St Lucie with a median annual salary of $54,670. The second highest paying city/area in Florida State is Cape Coral-Fort Myers (mean annual salary $52,630). The lowest paying area is Sebastian-Vero Beach with a median annual salary of $35,270.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Port St Lucie
$54,670
Cape Coral-Fort Myers
$52,630
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford
$49,830
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach
$49,300
Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater
$49,210
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall
$48,520
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach
$48,280
Punta Gorda
$47,440
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach
$47,420
Naples-Marco Island
$46,620
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin
$45,220
Gainesville
$44,470
Jacksonville
$43,850
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent
$43,140
Tallahassee
$42,740
South Florida nonmetropolitan area
$41,980
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area
$41,640
Lakeland-Winter Haven
$41,590
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota
$41,520
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville
$39,620
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach
$37,980
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area
$36,010
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach
$35,760
Ocala
$35,760
Sebastian-Vero Beach
$35,270




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