Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Ohio

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,670
25th Percentile Wage
$34,340
50th Percentile Wage
$44,180
75th Percentile Wage
$58,600
90th Percentile Wage
$74,260

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Ohio in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $74,260. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $44,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,670.

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
$44,180
-1.43% 4.91%
2016
$44,810
3.04% -
2015
$43,450
1.24% -
2014
$42,910
3.12% -
2013
$41,570
-1.06% -
2012
$42,010
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Ohio cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Ohio ranges from $31,390 to $49,370. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Ohio is Akron with a median annual salary of $49,370. The second highest paying city/area in Ohio State is Cincinnati-Middletown (mean annual salary $48,240). The lowest paying area is West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $31,390.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Akron
$49,370
Cincinnati-Middletown
$48,240
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor
$46,900
Dayton
$45,900
Columbus
$44,940
Toledo
$42,290
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
$41,920
Springfield
$39,010
Canton-Massillon
$38,300
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area
$36,960
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
$36,000
Mansfield
$33,500
Lima
$32,880
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
$31,390




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