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 among New York 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Paralegals and Legal Assistants in New York

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,220
25th Percentile Wage
$42,930
50th Percentile Wage
$53,740
75th Percentile Wage
$70,610
90th Percentile Wage
$94,710

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 $94,710. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $53,740. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,220.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16.93
25th Percentile Wage
$20.64
50th Percentile Wage
$25.84
75th Percentile Wage
$33.95
90th Percentile Wage
$45.53

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in New York in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $45.53. The median hourly salary is $25.84. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16.93.

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
201653,7403.05%3.37%
201552,1001.11%-
201451,5200.64%-
201351,190-1.45%-
201251,930--

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 $35,870 to $56,360. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in New York is New York-White Plains-Wayne with a median annual salary of $56,360. The second highest paying city/area in New York State is New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island (mean annual salary $55,850). The lowest paying area is Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $35,870.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
New York-White Plains-Wayne
$56,360
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island
$55,850
Utica-Rome
$55,840
Glens Falls
$51,060
Albany-Schenectady-Troy
$50,740
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$50,460
Syracuse
$49,170
Nassau-Suffolk
$48,370
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown
$48,090
Buffalo-Niagara Falls
$47,890
Rochester
$47,480
Capital-Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
$45,080
Kingston
$44,020
Binghamton
$40,730
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$39,710
Ithaca
$39,360
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
$35,870


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