Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Iowa

The average annual and hourly salaries for paralegals and legal assistants in the state of Iowa are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of paralegals and legal assistants amongst Iowa cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Paralegals and Legal Assistants in Iowa

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,130
25th Percentile Wage
$35,630
50th Percentile Wage
$47,380
75th Percentile Wage
$59,400
90th Percentile Wage
$71,780

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $71,780. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $47,380. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,130.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of paralegals and legal assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$47,380
1.35% 6.78%
2016
$46,740
0.94% -
2015
$46,300
0.97% -
2014
$45,850
7.02% -
2013
$42,630
-3.61% -
2012
$44,170
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Paralegals and Legal Assistants in Iowa Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Iowa cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Iowa ranges from $31,120 to $55,830. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Iowa is Des Moines-West Des Moines with a median annual salary of $55,830. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Cedar Rapids (mean annual salary $55,770). The lowest paying area is Waterloo-Cedar Falls with a median annual salary of $31,120.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Des Moines-West Des Moines
$55,830
Cedar Rapids
$55,770
Iowa City
$54,030
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island
$45,780
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$40,310
Ames
$38,590
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$38,190
Dubuque
$33,360
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$33,210
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$31,160
Waterloo-Cedar Falls
$31,120




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