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 amongst 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,420
25th Percentile Wage
$38,690
50th Percentile Wage
$51,990
75th Percentile Wage
$65,760
90th Percentile Wage
$80,270

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 $80,270. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $51,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,420.

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
$51,990
3.27% -0.83%
2016
$50,290
-0.74% -
2015
$50,660
-3.28% -
2014
$52,320
-2.73% -
2013
$53,750
2.47% -
2012
$52,420
- -

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 $30,180 to $64,410. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $64,410. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Pittsburgh (mean annual salary $55,640). The lowest paying area is Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $30,180.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$64,410
Pittsburgh
$55,640
Philadelphia
$55,290
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$54,560
Erie
$53,100
Reading
$51,190
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$48,840
York-Hanover
$44,310
Lebanon
$42,880
Lancaster
$42,180
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$39,440
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$38,140
State College
$36,140
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$35,710
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$34,830
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$34,030
Altoona
$32,590
Williamsport
$32,250
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$30,320
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$30,180




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