Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in New York

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,790
25th Percentile Wage
$43,020
50th Percentile Wage
$53,260
75th Percentile Wage
$67,390
90th Percentile Wage
$90,020

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in New York in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $90,020. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $53,260. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,790.

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
$53,260
-0.90% 2.50%
2016
$53,740
3.05% -
2015
$52,100
1.11% -
2014
$51,520
0.64% -
2013
$51,190
-1.45% -
2012
$51,930
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some New York cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of New York ranges from $38,510 to $65,990. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in New York is Capital-Northern New York nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $65,990. The second highest paying city/area in New York State is New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island (mean annual salary $56,540). The lowest paying area is Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $38,510.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Capital-Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
$65,990
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island
$56,540
New York-White Plains-Wayne
$56,360
Nassau-Suffolk
$53,320
Glens Falls
$53,300
Albany-Schenectady-Troy
$51,710
Buffalo-Niagara Falls
$51,010
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$50,460
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown
$48,090
Syracuse
$47,890
Rochester
$46,040
Kingston
$44,340
Elmira
$43,140
Binghamton
$41,940
Utica-Rome
$41,330
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$40,130
Ithaca
$39,360
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
$38,510




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