Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Georgia

The average annual and hourly salaries for paralegals and legal assistants in the state of Georgia are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of paralegals and legal assistants among Georgia 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 Georgia

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,460
25th Percentile Wage
$38,590
50th Percentile Wage
$48,820
75th Percentile Wage
$63,260
90th Percentile Wage
$80,680

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Georgia in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $80,680. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $48,820. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,460.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$15.61
25th Percentile Wage
$18.55
50th Percentile Wage
$23.47
75th Percentile Wage
$30.42
90th Percentile Wage
$38.79

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Georgia in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $38.79. The median hourly salary is $23.47. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $15.61.

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
201648,820-2.38%3.61%
201549,980-4.86%-
201452,4102.00%-
201351,3608.37%-
201247,060--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Georgia cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Georgia ranges from $31,730 to $55,420. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Georgia is Columbus with a median annual salary of $55,420. The second highest paying city/area in Georgia State is Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta (mean annual salary $50,530). The lowest paying area is Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $31,730.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Columbus
$55,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta
$50,530
Macon
$49,160
Savannah
$47,960
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area
$44,930
Brunswick
$43,390
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area
$42,090
Gainesville
$41,290
Valdosta
$39,180
Rome
$38,880
Albany
$38,700
Athens-Clarke County
$37,830
Dalton
$35,170
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area
$34,400
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area
$31,730


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