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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,460
25th Percentile Wage
$37,530
50th Percentile Wage
$45,420
75th Percentile Wage
$54,730
90th Percentile Wage
$62,160

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 $62,160. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $45,420. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,460.

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
$45,420
11.58% 14.62%
2016
$40,160
2.47% -
2015
$39,170
-8.02% -
2014
$42,310
1.91% -
2013
$41,500
6.55% -
2012
$38,780
- -

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 $39,450 to $53,300. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in South Dakota is Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $53,300. The second highest paying city/area in South Dakota State is Sioux Falls (mean annual salary $51,160). The lowest paying area is Rapid City with a median annual salary of $39,450.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$53,300
Sioux Falls
$51,160
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$46,830
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$44,170
Sioux City
$42,280
Rapid City
$39,450




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