Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Tennessee

The average annual and hourly salaries for paralegals and legal assistants in the state of Tennessee are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of paralegals and legal assistants amongst Tennessee 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,860
25th Percentile Wage
$37,610
50th Percentile Wage
$46,550
75th Percentile Wage
$59,650
90th Percentile Wage
$75,410

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $75,410. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $46,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,860.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$13.88
25th Percentile Wage
$18.07
50th Percentile Wage
$22.38
75th Percentile Wage
$28.68
90th Percentile Wage
$36.26

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $36.26. The median hourly salary is $22.38. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $13.88.

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
201646,550-0.64%16.67%
201546,850-2.26%-
201447,91010.64%-
201342,8109.39%-
201238,790--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Tennessee cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Tennessee ranges from $23,790 to $50,850. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Tennessee is Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin with a median annual salary of $50,850. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is Memphis (mean annual salary $46,490). The lowest paying area is South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $23,790.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$50,850
Memphis
$46,490
Knoxville
$45,210
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$44,790
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$44,410
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$43,410
Jackson
$37,910
Clarksville
$37,750
Cleveland
$37,610
Johnson City
$37,020
Chattanooga
$35,340
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$23,790



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