Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Louisiana

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,660
25th Percentile Wage
$38,010
50th Percentile Wage
$46,800
75th Percentile Wage
$58,860
90th Percentile Wage
$74,160

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Louisiana in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $74,160. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $46,800. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,660.

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
$46,800
6.79% 11.18%
2016
$43,620
5.14% -
2015
$41,380
1.86% -
2014
$40,610
-0.62% -
2013
$40,860
-1.74% -
2012
$41,570
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Louisiana cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Louisiana ranges from $24,390 to $54,190. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Louisiana is Shreveport-Bossier City with a median annual salary of $54,190. The second highest paying city/area in Louisiana State is Alexandria (mean annual salary $51,210). The lowest paying area is Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $24,390.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Shreveport-Bossier City
$54,190
Alexandria
$51,210
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner
$50,460
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux
$44,840
Baton Rouge
$44,050
Hammond nonmetropolitan area
$41,870
Lake Charles
$38,260
Monroe
$38,200
Lafayette
$37,020
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area
$36,770
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area
$32,410
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area
$24,390




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