Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Montana

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,480
25th Percentile Wage
$34,760
50th Percentile Wage
$42,070
75th Percentile Wage
$49,680
90th Percentile Wage
$60,960

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Montana in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $60,960. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $42,070. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,480.

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
$42,070
-0.93% 9.20%
2016
$42,460
1.46% -
2015
$41,840
1.10% -
2014
$41,380
2.03% -
2013
$40,540
5.77% -
2012
$38,200
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Montana cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Montana ranges from $32,500 to $54,390. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Montana is Great Falls with a median annual salary of $54,390. The second highest paying city/area in Montana State is Billings (mean annual salary $47,390). The lowest paying area is Western Montana nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $32,500.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Great Falls
$54,390
Billings
$47,390
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area
$44,880
Missoula
$44,760
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area
$43,290
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area
$36,800
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area
$32,500




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