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 among Tennessee 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 Tennessee

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,330
25th Percentile Wage
$37,590
50th Percentile Wage
$46,730
75th Percentile Wage
$58,190
90th Percentile Wage
$73,970

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 $73,970. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $46,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,330.

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
$46,730
0.39% 16.99%
2016
$46,550
-0.64% -
2015
$46,850
-2.26% -
2014
$47,910
10.64% -
2013
$42,810
9.39% -
2012
$38,790
- -

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 $49,830. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Tennessee is Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin with a median annual salary of $49,830. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is Memphis (mean annual salary $47,210). 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
$49,830
Memphis
$47,210
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$45,770
Knoxville
$42,940
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$42,080
Chattanooga
$39,680
Johnson City
$39,230
Cleveland
$37,610
Clarksville
$36,380
Jackson
$35,750
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$31,560
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$23,790




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