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Highest Paying Industries for Paralegals and Legal Assistants

The top 100 highest paying industries 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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $76,010, software publishers is the highest paying industry for paralegals and legal assistants. It is followed by publishing industries (except internet) industry (average annual salary $74,130). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of paralegals and legal assistants in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Software Publishers
$76,010
270
2 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$74,130
350
3 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$72,920
100
4 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$72,340
90
5 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$71,230
n/a
6 Postal Service (federal government)
$70,760
50
7 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$70,170
150
8 Telecommunications
$69,440
560
9 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$68,810
430
10 Information
$67,960
1,720
11 Natural Gas Distribution
$67,400
n/a
12 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$67,070
n/a
13 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$67,010
140
14 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$66,720
570
15 Land Subdivision
$66,720
30
16 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$66,430
80
17 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$66,380
40
18 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$65,970
100
19 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$65,690
n/a
20 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$65,250
30
21 Chemical Manufacturing
$65,230
180
22 Hospitals - State government owned
$65,090
50
23 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$64,940
1,560
24 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$64,560
30
25 Transportation and Warehousing
$64,480
310
26 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$64,470
510
27 Manufacturing
$64,410
1,200
28 Scientific Research and Development Services
$64,370
510
29 Scheduled Air Transportation
$64,200
90
30 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$64,040
50
31 Air Transportation
$63,990
90
32 Utilities
$63,680
190
33 Other Information Services
$63,540
n/a
34 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$63,530
280
35 Other Financial Investment Activities
$63,460
970
36 Federal government, including USPS
$63,420
13,030
37 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$63,330
12,970
38 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$63,100
90
39 Oil and Gas Extraction
$63,020
290
40 Mining
$62,820
310
41 Rail Transportation
$62,770
100
42 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$62,460
30
43 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$62,380
210
44 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$62,350
6,760
45 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$62,290
60
46 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$62,240
380
47 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$62,170
120
48 Offices of Physicians
$61,870
60
49 Wholesale Trade
$61,820
620
50 Nonresidential Building Construction
$61,680
40
51 Machinery Manufacturing
$61,080
150
52 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$61,070
380
53 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$60,280
130
54 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$60,270
140
55 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$59,740
70
56 Lessors of Real Estate
$59,710
180
57 Construction of Buildings
$59,230
90
58 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$59,130
n/a
59 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$58,830
110
60 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$58,800
150
61 Construction
$58,700
180
62 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$58,650
40
63 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$58,170
50
64 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$58,170
40
65 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$57,780
n/a
66 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations
$57,620
100
67 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$57,610
240
68 Real Estate
$57,470
390
69 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$57,390
70
70 Activities Related to Real Estate
$57,280
160
71 Finance and Insurance
$57,250
8,940
72 Depository Credit Intermediation
$57,210
1,220
73 Insurance Carriers
$57,110
3,720
74 Residential Building Construction
$56,740
60
75 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$56,510
4,710
76 Office Administrative Services
$56,460
650
77 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$56,140
310
78 Educational Services - Privately owned
$56,120
340
79 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$56,010
2,530
80 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$55,660
30
81 Engineering Services
$55,590
200
82 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$55,510
500
83 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$55,380
140
84 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$55,360
370
85 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$55,100
430
86 Retail Trade
$55,010
150
87 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$55,000
90
88 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$54,990
600
89 Hospitals - Privately owned
$54,950
390
90 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$54,920
2,560
91 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$54,780
390
92 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$54,320
430
93 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$54,240
350
94 Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,120
850
95 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$54,040
50
96 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$54,020
90
97 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$53,900
39,110
98 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$53,890
38,520
99 Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,890
38,520
100 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$53,890
990
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