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Highest Paying Cities for Paralegals and Legal Assistants

The top 100 highest paying cities for paralegals and legal assistants (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of paralegals and legal assistants in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $86,220, Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California is the highest paying city for paralegals and legal assistants. It is followed by San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California (average annual salary $77,820). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of paralegals and legal assistants in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$86,220
280
2 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$77,820
1,780
3 Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area, Michigan
$76,500
40
4 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$75,870
2,780
5 Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area, Nebraska
$69,190
60
6 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$68,000
1,770
7 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$67,980
9,050
8 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$66,930
5,200
9 Capital-Northern New York nonmetropolitan area, New York
$65,990
60
10 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$65,210
60
11 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$64,550
580
12 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$64,490
10,700
13 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$64,410
3,230
14 Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area, Minnesota
$63,910
120
15 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$63,370
2,930
16 San Rafael, USA
$62,600
100
17 Railbelt-Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$62,430
40
18 Tacoma, Washington
$62,230
490
19 Anchorage, Alaska
$62,160
380
20 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$62,050
3,790
21 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$61,990
3,300
22 Napa, California
$61,580
70
23 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$61,440
5,040
24 Fairbanks, Alaska
$61,010
70
25 Redding, California
$60,160
40
26 Boulder, Colorado
$60,130
370
27 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$59,980
2,300
28 Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$59,860
50
29 Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area, Wyoming
$59,700
100
30 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$59,650
770
31 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$59,440
3,740
32 Olympia, Washington
$58,660
200
33 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$58,650
11,550
34 Salinas, California
$58,650
140
35 Decatur, Illinois
$58,630
30
36 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$58,460
6,670
37 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$58,370
2,320
38 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$58,280
1,510
39 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$57,760
5,920
40 Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, USA
$57,340
1,520
41 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
$57,270
180
42 Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, USA
$57,120
60
43 Portsmouth, New Hampshire
$56,770
150
44 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$56,690
9,530
45 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$56,540
24,810
46 Midland, Texas
$56,450
150
47 Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, Washington
$56,380
70
48 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$56,360
15,840
49 Peoria, Illinois
$56,330
320
50 Greeley, Colorado
$56,300
90
51 Merced, California
$56,090
70
52 Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, Massachusetts
$55,970
70
53 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$55,930
5,250
54 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$55,840
17,700
55 Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
$55,830
880
56 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$55,800
1,790
57 Cedar Rapids, Iowa
$55,770
190
58 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$55,720
4,370
59 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$55,700
10,480
60 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$55,640
2,070
61 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$55,290
4,810
62 Carson City, Nevada
$55,130
90
63 Nashua, New Hampshire
$55,030
110
64 Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area, Wyoming
$54,980
80
65 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$54,960
4,410
66 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$54,920
420
67 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$54,770
2,800
68 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$54,750
6,410
69 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$54,730
1,800
70 Port St Lucie, Florida
$54,670
420
71 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$54,580
260
72 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$54,560
8,920
73 Madison, Wisconsin
$54,500
780
74 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$54,440
250
75 Great Falls, Montana
$54,390
130
76 Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
$54,190
280
77 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$54,060
1,800
78 Iowa City, Iowa
$54,030
100
79 Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area, Connecticut
$53,910
100
80 Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area, Vermont
$53,910
150
81 Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey
$53,770
210
82 Flint, Michigan
$53,710
140
83 Bremerton-Silverdale, Washington
$53,680
130
84 St Louis, Missouri
$53,680
2,490
85 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, West Virginia
$53,480
300
86 Manchester, New Hampshire
$53,380
330
87 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$53,320
3,680
88 Glens Falls, New York
$53,300
40
89 Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area, South Dakota
$53,300
70
90 Erie, Pennsylvania
$53,100
80
91 New Haven, Connecticut
$53,050
670
92 North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$53,010
110
93 Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area, New Hampshire
$52,910
30
94 Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
$52,780
180
95 Bend, Oregon
$52,640
50
96 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
$52,630
460
97 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$52,580
1,210
98 Bismarck, North Dakota
$52,290
180
99 Framingham, Massachusetts
$52,220
270
100 Ocean City, New Jersey
$52,180
n/a
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