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 among North Carolina cities 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 North Carolina

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,770
25th Percentile Wage
$33,420
50th Percentile Wage
$43,000
75th Percentile Wage
$54,710
90th Percentile Wage
$71,510

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 $71,510. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $43,000. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,770.

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
$43,000
1.09% 9.37%
2016
$42,530
5.17% -
2015
$40,330
-1.04% -
2014
$40,750
3.29% -
2013
$39,410
1.12% -
2012
$38,970
- -

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 $27,140 to $47,170. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in North Carolina is Raleigh-Cary with a median annual salary of $47,170. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Durham-Chapel Hill (mean annual salary $45,760). The lowest paying area is Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $27,140.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Raleigh-Cary
$47,170
Durham-Chapel Hill
$45,760
Wilmington
$44,680
Fayetteville
$43,200
Greenville
$42,590
Asheville
$38,900
Burlington
$38,820
Greensboro-High Point
$38,370
Rocky Mount
$38,310
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$37,350
Goldsboro
$36,510
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton
$36,510
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$35,190
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$34,970
Jacksonville
$34,670
Winston-Salem
$34,480
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$27,140




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