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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,020
25th Percentile Wage
$40,060
50th Percentile Wage
$52,050
75th Percentile Wage
$67,790
90th Percentile Wage
$82,730

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 $82,730. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $52,050. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,020.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$14.43
25th Percentile Wage
$19.26
50th Percentile Wage
$25.03
75th Percentile Wage
$32.59
90th Percentile Wage
$39.77

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Massachusetts in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $39.77. The median hourly salary is $25.03. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $14.43.

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
201652,0506.11%9.05%
201548,870-5.10%-
201451,3605.12%-
201348,7302.85%-
201247,340--

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 $39,230 to $66,510. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Massachusetts is Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton with a median annual salary of $66,510. The second highest paying city/area in Massachusetts State is Worcester (mean annual salary $54,140). The lowest paying area is Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $39,230.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton
$66,510
Worcester
$54,140
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
$52,630
Framingham
$52,310
Springfield
$52,220
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
$52,180
Barnstable Town
$51,690
Peabody
$51,010
Taunton-Norton-Raynham
$48,840
Pittsfield
$43,030
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
$39,230


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