Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Missouri

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,090
25th Percentile Wage
$38,730
50th Percentile Wage
$52,230
75th Percentile Wage
$63,240
90th Percentile Wage
$76,250

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Missouri in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $76,250. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $52,230. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,090.

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
$52,230
6.09% 6.22%
2016
$49,050
9.58% -
2015
$44,350
-5.23% -
2014
$46,670
-5.89% -
2013
$49,420
0.89% -
2012
$48,980
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Missouri cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Missouri ranges from $25,690 to $53,680. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Missouri is St Louis with a median annual salary of $53,680. The second highest paying city/area in Missouri State is Kansas City (mean annual salary $51,520). The lowest paying area is Cape Girardeau-Jackson with a median annual salary of $25,690.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
St Louis
$53,680
Kansas City
$51,520
Springfield
$42,410
Jefferson City
$40,940
Columbia
$40,820
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area
$40,680
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers
$38,900
St Joseph
$38,720
Joplin
$36,730
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area
$36,410
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area
$35,820
Cape Girardeau-Jackson
$25,690




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