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 among Michigan 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,910
25th Percentile Wage
$39,260
50th Percentile Wage
$48,890
75th Percentile Wage
$61,480
90th Percentile Wage
$76,460

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 $76,460. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $48,890. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,910.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$14.86
25th Percentile Wage
$18.88
50th Percentile Wage
$23.50
75th Percentile Wage
$29.56
90th Percentile Wage
$36.76

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Michigan in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $36.76. The median hourly salary is $23.50. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $14.86.

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
201648,8902.62%2.72%
201547,6103.74%-
201445,8300.24%-
201345,720-4.02%-
201247,560--

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 $37,260 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 $60,370). The lowest paying area is Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $37,260.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$76,500
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn
$60,370
Flint
$55,770
Lansing-East Lansing
$53,140
Ann Arbor
$53,130
Detroit-Warren-Livonia
$49,700
Grand Rapids-Wyoming
$48,440
Niles-Benton Harbor
$47,720
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills
$45,760
Kalamazoo-Portage
$44,530
Muskegon-Norton Shores
$44,060
Battle Creek
$42,760
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$40,940
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$40,720
South Bend-Mishawaka
$40,570
Holland-Grand Haven
$37,870
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$37,260



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