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.
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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 $78,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,590. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid paralegals and legal assistants is $29,920.
The following table and chart 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 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of paralegals and legal assistants in ten 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 research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry with an annual salary $67,560. The lowest paying industry is the other professional, scientific, and technical services industry (annual salary $42,000). For detailed paralegals and legal assistant salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.
|Industry Name||Median Annual Salary|
|Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences|| |
|Scientific Research and Development Services|| |
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services|| |
|Computer Systems Design and Related Services|| |
|Engineering Services|| |
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services|| |
|Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Legal Services|| |
|Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 .