Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in North Carolina

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,140
25th Percentile Wage
$33,440
50th Percentile Wage
$42,530
75th Percentile Wage
$54,720
90th Percentile Wage
$71,900

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $71,900. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $42,530. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,140.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$13.05
25th Percentile Wage
$16.07
50th Percentile Wage
$20.45
75th Percentile Wage
$26.31
90th Percentile Wage
$34.57

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $34.57. The median hourly salary is $20.45. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $13.05.

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
201642,5305.17%8.37%
201540,330-1.04%-
201440,7503.29%-
201339,4101.12%-
201238,970--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some North Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of North Carolina ranges from $26,120 to $47,850. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in North Carolina is Durham-Chapel Hill with a median annual salary of $47,850. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Raleigh-Cary (mean annual salary $47,200). The lowest paying area is Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $26,120.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Durham-Chapel Hill
$47,850
Raleigh-Cary
$47,200
Wilmington
$46,630
Fayetteville
$41,630
Greensboro-High Point
$40,000
Greenville
$39,780
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton
$39,610
Burlington
$38,880
Winston-Salem
$38,730
Asheville
$38,230
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$37,300
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$36,040
Jacksonville
$35,440
Goldsboro
$34,770
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$29,490
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$26,120



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