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Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of paralegals and legal assistants in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare paralegals and legal assistant salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,790
25th Percentile Wage
$40,880
50th Percentile Wage
$52,430
75th Percentile Wage
$69,080
90th Percentile Wage
$84,760

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. 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 $84,760. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $52,430. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid paralegals and legal assistants is $32,790.

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 health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$52,430
-0.02% 2.27%
2016
$52,440
-0.59% -
2015
$52,750
-2.60% -
2014
$54,120
3.44% -
2013
$52,260
1.95% -
2012
$51,240
- -

Compare Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of paralegals and legal assistants in 19 industries in the health care and social assistance 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 specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals industry with an annual salary $72,450. The lowest paying industry is the services for the elderly and persons with disabilities industry (annual salary $38,430). For detailed paralegals and legal assistant salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$72,450
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$62,460
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$60,920
Hospitals - Privately owned
$60,670
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$60,310
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$60,260
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$60,240
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$59,950
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$59,930
Hospitals - Local government owned
$59,780
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$59,260
Outpatient Care Centers
$57,940
Offices of Physicians
$57,560
Hospitals - State government owned
$57,560
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$56,960
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$56,460
Social Assistance
$45,030
Individual and Family Services
$43,720
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$38,430

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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