Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Texas

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,300
25th Percentile Wage
$38,640
50th Percentile Wage
$50,550
75th Percentile Wage
$65,820
90th Percentile Wage
$82,700

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $82,700. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $50,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,300.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$15.05
25th Percentile Wage
$18.57
50th Percentile Wage
$24.30
75th Percentile Wage
$31.64
90th Percentile Wage
$39.76

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $39.76. The median hourly salary is $24.30. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $15.05.

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
201650,5501.68%9.32%
201549,7003.80%-
201447,8100.63%-
201347,5103.52%-
201245,840--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Texas cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Texas ranges from $24,030 to $64,720. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Texas is Dallas-Plano-Irving with a median annual salary of $64,720. The second highest paying city/area in Texas State is Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (mean annual salary $59,610). The lowest paying area is Abilene with a median annual salary of $24,030.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Dallas-Plano-Irving
$64,720
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
$59,610
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
$57,870
Midland
$53,060
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$50,630
San Angelo
$50,010
Fort Worth-Arlington
$48,790
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos
$46,780
San Antonio-New Braunfels
$45,820
Odessa
$44,330
Texarkana-Texarkana
$44,050
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$43,720
Beaumont-Port Arthur
$42,440
Waco
$42,440
El Paso
$42,050
Tyler
$41,720
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood
$39,860
Laredo
$39,450
Longview
$39,390
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$38,940
Corpus Christi
$38,790
Wichita Falls
$38,550
Amarillo
$38,460
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$37,640
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
$37,520
Sherman-Denison
$36,870
Brownsville-Harlingen
$36,730
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
$35,790
Lubbock
$35,240
Victoria
$33,480
College Station-Bryan
$29,940
Abilene
$24,030


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