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Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of paralegals and legal assistants in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare paralegals and legal assistant salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,090
25th Percentile Wage
$37,330
50th Percentile Wage
$48,540
75th Percentile Wage
$62,370
90th Percentile Wage
$79,200

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) paralegals and legal assistants is $79,200. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $48,540. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid paralegals and legal assistants is $30,090.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of paralegals and legal assistants in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$48,540
1.96% 7.23%
2016
$47,590
1.43% -
2015
$46,910
1.17% -
2014
$46,360
1.38% -
2013
$45,720
1.51% -
2012
$45,030
- -

Compare Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of paralegals and legal assistants in 13 industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for paralegals and legal assistant occupations is the advertising, public relations, and related services industry with an annual salary $74,010. The lowest paying industry is the research and development in the social sciences and humanities industry (annual salary $38,710). For detailed paralegals and legal assistant salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$74,010
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$68,090
Testing Laboratories
$68,050
Scientific Research and Development Services
$67,440
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$65,400
Engineering Services
$64,140
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$63,220
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$60,340
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$55,750
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$48,540
Legal Services
$48,380
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$40,150
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$38,710

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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