Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in South Carolina

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,890
25th Percentile Wage
$33,430
50th Percentile Wage
$41,050
75th Percentile Wage
$52,180
90th Percentile Wage
$64,750

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in South Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $64,750. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $41,050. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,890.

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
$41,050
1.14% 4.95%
2016
$40,580
-0.67% -
2015
$40,850
0.47% -
2014
$40,660
3.22% -
2013
$39,350
0.84% -
2012
$39,020
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some South Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of South Carolina ranges from $34,220 to $47,670. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in South Carolina is Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill with a median annual salary of $47,670. The second highest paying city/area in South Carolina State is Augusta-Richmond County (mean annual salary $46,880). The lowest paying area is Florence with a median annual salary of $34,220.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill
$47,670
Augusta-Richmond County
$46,880
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville
$45,600
Spartanburg
$43,200
Columbia
$42,200
Anderson
$40,150
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley
$38,820
Sumter
$37,550
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway
$36,530
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$35,340
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$34,830
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$34,590
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$34,460
Florence
$34,220




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