Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Pennsylvania

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,170
25th Percentile Wage
$38,990
50th Percentile Wage
$50,290
75th Percentile Wage
$64,360
90th Percentile Wage
$79,420

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $79,420. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $50,290. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,170.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$14.98
25th Percentile Wage
$18.75
50th Percentile Wage
$24.18
75th Percentile Wage
$30.94
90th Percentile Wage
$38.18

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $38.18. The median hourly salary is $24.18. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $14.98.

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
201650,290-0.74%-4.24%
201550,660-3.28%-
201452,320-2.73%-
201353,7502.47%-
201252,420--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $29,500 to $59,400. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $59,400. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Pittsburgh (mean annual salary $58,290). The lowest paying area is Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $29,500.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$59,400
Pittsburgh
$58,290
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$54,340
Philadelphia
$53,240
Reading
$47,880
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$46,440
Erie
$45,740
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$42,770
Lancaster
$40,520
State College
$40,470
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$38,140
York-Hanover
$37,420
Williamsport
$35,200
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$34,400
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$34,250
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$33,800
Altoona
$32,590
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$29,500


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