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Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of paralegals and legal assistants in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare paralegals and legal assistant salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,170
25th Percentile Wage
$42,440
50th Percentile Wage
$54,910
75th Percentile Wage
$68,290
90th Percentile Wage
$82,560

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. 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 $82,560. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid paralegals and legal assistants is $34,170.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of paralegals and legal assistants in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201654,9103.04%4.95%
201553,240-1.22%-
201453,8901.67%-
201352,9901.51%-
201252,190--

Compare Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of paralegals and legal assistants in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government 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 federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $64,650. The lowest paying industry is the state government, excluding schools and hospitals (oes designation) industry (annual salary $46,810). For detailed paralegals and legal assistant salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$64,650
Federal government, including USPS
$64,650
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$55,000
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$54,910
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$49,050
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$48,920
State government, including schools and hospitals
$47,050
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$46,810

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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