Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Massachusetts

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,600
25th Percentile Wage
$41,030
50th Percentile Wage
$52,800
75th Percentile Wage
$69,990
90th Percentile Wage
$91,400

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Massachusetts in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $91,400. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $52,800. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,600.

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
$52,800
1.42% 10.34%
2016
$52,050
6.11% -
2015
$48,870
-5.10% -
2014
$51,360
5.12% -
2013
$48,730
2.85% -
2012
$47,340
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Massachusetts cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Massachusetts ranges from $35,610 to $55,970. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Massachusetts is Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner with a median annual salary of $55,970. The second highest paying city/area in Massachusetts State is Boston-Cambridge-Quincy (mean annual salary $55,930). The lowest paying area is Pittsfield with a median annual salary of $35,610.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner
$55,970
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
$55,930
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
$54,750
Barnstable Town
$52,780
Framingham
$52,220
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
$50,600
Peabody
$50,310
Worcester
$50,000
Taunton-Norton-Raynham
$48,840
Nantucket Island and Marthas Vineyard nonmetropolitan area
$47,960
Springfield
$46,890
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
$42,030
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton
$39,330
New Bedford
$38,220
Pittsfield
$35,610




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