Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in South Dakota

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,390
25th Percentile Wage
$35,230
50th Percentile Wage
$40,160
75th Percentile Wage
$53,860
90th Percentile Wage
$62,250

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in South Dakota in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $62,250. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $40,160. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,390.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$15.57
25th Percentile Wage
$16.94
50th Percentile Wage
$19.30
75th Percentile Wage
$25.90
90th Percentile Wage
$29.93

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in South Dakota in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $29.93. The median hourly salary is $19.30. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $15.57.

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
201640,1602.47%3.44%
201539,170-8.02%-
201442,3101.91%-
201341,5006.55%-
201238,780--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some South Dakota cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of South Dakota ranges from $37,370 to $48,110. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in South Dakota is Sioux Falls with a median annual salary of $48,110. The second highest paying city/area in South Dakota State is Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $44,170). The lowest paying area is Rapid City with a median annual salary of $37,370.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Sioux Falls
$48,110
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$44,170
Sioux City
$38,360
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$38,290
Rapid City
$37,370


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