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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 $77,560, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California is the highest paying city for paralegals and legal assistants. It is followed by Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area, Michigan (average annual salary $76,500). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$77,560
1,900
2 Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area, Michigan
$76,500
40
3 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$72,690
2,780
4 Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Massachusetts
$66,510
40
5 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$65,940
9,330
6 Rockford, Illinois
$65,830
110
7 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$64,720
4,630
8 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$64,080
5,140
9 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$64,050
3,190
10 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$63,960
50
11 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$63,580
530
12 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$62,900
10,820
13 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$62,850
3,200
14 Anchorage, Alaska
$62,780
570
15 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$62,690
340
16 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$61,910
3,700
17 Napa, California
$61,360
100
18 Railbelt-Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$61,330
40
19 Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$60,880
50
20 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
$60,540
130
21 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$60,370
700
22 Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area, Wyoming
$59,700
100
23 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$59,610
6,100
24 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$59,400
2,790
25 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$58,650
11,550
26 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$58,290
1,830
27 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$58,270
1,280
28 Tacoma, Washington
$58,120
500
29 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$57,870
5,810
30 Carson City, Nevada
$57,570
70
31 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$57,410
2,250
32 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$56,940
3,960
33 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$56,830
1,930
34 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
$56,640
90
35 Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, Washington
$56,380
70
36 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$56,360
15,840
37 Fairbanks, Alaska
$56,250
70
38 Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Hampshire
$56,110
260
39 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$56,090
410
40 Bremerton-Silverdale, Washington
$55,940
130
41 Portsmouth, New Hampshire
$55,890
100
42 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$55,850
22,900
43 Utica-Rome, New York
$55,840
90
44 Flint, Michigan
$55,770
140
45 Columbus, Georgia
$55,420
180
46 North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$55,330
110
47 Billings, Montana
$55,250
190
48 Jackson, Mississippi
$55,160
1,000
49 Olympia, Washington
$54,970
160
50 Boulder, Colorado
$54,880
440
51 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$54,830
2,180
52 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$54,680
1,620
53 Modesto, California
$54,640
170
54 Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey
$54,440
290
55 Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
$54,420
750
56 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$54,340
7,990
57 Worcester, Massachusetts
$54,140
330
58 Wilmington, New Jersey
$54,100
960
59 Salinas, California
$54,050
170
60 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$53,950
1,630
61 Great Falls, Montana
$53,920
130
62 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$53,870
3,860
63 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$53,750
8,690
64 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$53,710
8,220
65 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
$53,710
460
66 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$53,340
1,260
67 Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area, Vermont
$53,310
110
68 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$53,240
4,080
69 Lansing-East Lansing, Michigan
$53,140
230
70 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$53,130
170
71 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$53,100
2,520
72 Midland, Texas
$53,060
160
73 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$53,030
9,080
74 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$52,630
5,510
75 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$52,580
1,210
76 Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area, New Hampshire
$52,530
50
77 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$52,410
170
78 Camden, New Jersey
$52,410
1,400
79 Framingham, Massachusetts
$52,310
290
80 Springfield, Massachusetts
$52,220
500
81 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$52,180
6,720
82 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, West Virginia
$51,900
320
83 Danbury, Connecticut
$51,860
130
84 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$51,840
3,550
85 Peoria, Illinois
$51,760
320
86 Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
$51,690
170
87 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$51,660
5,380
88 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$51,650
190
89 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$51,600
1,180
90 Glens Falls, New York
$51,060
50
91 Peabody, Massachusetts
$51,010
190
92 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee
$50,850
1,580
93 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$50,740
1,080
94 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$50,700
2,280
95 St Louis, Missouri
$50,660
2,390
96 Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area, Texas
$50,630
80
97 Richmond, Virginia
$50,560
2,130
98 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$50,530
6,390
99 Montgomery, Alabama
$50,470
320
100 East Central New York nonmetropolitan area, New York
$50,460
30
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