Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for paralegals and legal assistants in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of paralegals and legal assistants among Illinois areas 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 Illinois

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,590
25th Percentile Wage
$41,080
50th Percentile Wage
$54,680
75th Percentile Wage
$70,760
90th Percentile Wage
$85,260

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $85,260. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $54,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,590.

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
$54,680
3.97% 5.76%
2016
$52,510
8.00% -
2015
$48,310
2.50% -
2014
$47,100
-2.38% -
2013
$48,220
-6.86% -
2012
$51,530
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Illinois ranges from $35,970 to $58,630. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Illinois is Decatur with a median annual salary of $58,630. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division) (mean annual salary $56,690). The lowest paying area is Danville with a median annual salary of $35,970.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Decatur
$58,630
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$56,690
Peoria
$56,330
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$55,700
Rockford
$48,800
Champaign-Urbana
$46,020
Springfield
$46,000
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$41,370
Bloomington-Normal
$38,890
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$38,610
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$38,430
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$38,200
Danville
$35,970




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