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 metropolitan 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,910
25th Percentile Wage
$40,030
50th Percentile Wage
$52,510
75th Percentile Wage
$66,350
90th Percentile Wage
$81,080

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 $81,080. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $52,510. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,910.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$15.34
25th Percentile Wage
$19.25
50th Percentile Wage
$25.25
75th Percentile Wage
$31.90
90th Percentile Wage
$38.97

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $38.97. The median hourly salary is $25.25. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $15.34.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of paralegals and legal assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201652,5108.00%1.87%
201548,3102.50%-
201447,100-2.38%-
201348,220-6.86%-
201251,530--

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 $38,890 to $65,830. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Illinois is Rockford with a median annual salary of $65,830. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division) (mean annual salary $53,710). The lowest paying area is Bloomington-Normal with a median annual salary of $38,890.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Rockford
$65,830
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$53,710
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$53,030
Peoria
$51,760
Decatur
$49,710
Springfield
$46,290
Champaign-Urbana
$42,830
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$41,370
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$41,210
Bloomington-Normal
$38,890



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