Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Minnesota

The average annual and hourly salaries for paralegals and legal assistants in the state of Minnesota are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of paralegals and legal assistants amongst Minnesota metropolitan 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,270
25th Percentile Wage
$41,230
50th Percentile Wage
$54,380
75th Percentile Wage
$69,200
90th Percentile Wage
$81,940

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Minnesota in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $81,940. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $54,380. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,270.

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
$54,380
-0.81% 7.58%
2016
$54,820
3.96% -
2015
$52,650
3.70% -
2014
$50,700
4.36% -
2013
$48,490
-3.65% -
2012
$50,260
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Minnesota cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Minnesota ranges from $42,320 to $63,910. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Minnesota is Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $63,910. The second highest paying city/area in Minnesota State is Rochester (mean annual salary $48,990). The lowest paying area is St Cloud with a median annual salary of $42,320.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$63,910
Rochester
$48,990
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$47,150
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$46,260
Mankato-North Mankato
$46,240
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
$44,650
St Cloud
$42,320




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