Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Maryland

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,960
25th Percentile Wage
$40,550
50th Percentile Wage
$52,410
75th Percentile Wage
$62,360
90th Percentile Wage
$76,120

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Maryland in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $76,120. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $52,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,960.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16.32
25th Percentile Wage
$19.50
50th Percentile Wage
$25.20
75th Percentile Wage
$29.98
90th Percentile Wage
$36.60

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Maryland in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $36.60. The median hourly salary is $25.20. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16.32.

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
201652,4103.11%1.49%
201550,780-2.24%-
201451,9201.23%-
201351,280-0.68%-
201251,630--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Maryland cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Maryland ranges from $43,430 to $53,870. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Maryland is Baltimore-Towson with a median annual salary of $53,870. The second highest paying city/area in Maryland State is Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick (mean annual salary $51,600). The lowest paying area is Salisbury with a median annual salary of $43,430.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Baltimore-Towson
$53,870
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick
$51,600
St Marys County
$48,090
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area
$46,040
Salisbury
$43,430



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