Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Michigan

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,400
25th Percentile Wage
$38,770
50th Percentile Wage
$48,530
75th Percentile Wage
$60,820
90th Percentile Wage
$75,300

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Michigan in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $75,300. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $48,530. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,400.

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
$48,530
-0.74% 2.00%
2016
$48,890
2.62% -
2015
$47,610
3.74% -
2014
$45,830
0.24% -
2013
$45,720
-4.02% -
2012
$47,560
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Michigan cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Michigan ranges from $36,280 to $76,500. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Michigan is Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $76,500. The second highest paying city/area in Michigan State is Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn (mean annual salary $59,650). The lowest paying area is South Bend-Mishawaka with a median annual salary of $36,280.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$76,500
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn
$59,650
Flint
$53,710
Grand Rapids-Wyoming
$50,320
Detroit-Warren-Livonia
$50,310
Niles-Benton Harbor
$49,050
Lansing-East Lansing
$47,990
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills
$45,760
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$45,500
Kalamazoo-Portage
$44,210
Muskegon-Norton Shores
$43,270
Battle Creek
$42,760
Jackson
$41,910
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North
$41,520
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$40,920
Ann Arbor
$40,710
Holland-Grand Haven
$37,870
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$37,000
South Bend-Mishawaka
$36,280




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