Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in New Mexico

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,650
25th Percentile Wage
$33,520
50th Percentile Wage
$41,110
75th Percentile Wage
$51,120
90th Percentile Wage
$63,450

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in New Mexico in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $63,450. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $41,110. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,650.

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
$41,110
-0.61% 3.60%
2016
$41,360
-0.73% -
2015
$41,660
-0.43% -
2014
$41,840
0.26% -
2013
$41,730
5.03% -
2012
$39,630
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some New Mexico cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of New Mexico ranges from $36,170 to $46,170. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in New Mexico is Santa Fe with a median annual salary of $46,170. The second highest paying city/area in New Mexico State is Albuquerque (mean annual salary $40,350). The lowest paying area is North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $36,170.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Fe
$46,170
Albuquerque
$40,350
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
$39,750
Las Cruces
$39,160
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
$36,170




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