Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Virginia

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,980
25th Percentile Wage
$37,660
50th Percentile Wage
$50,410
75th Percentile Wage
$62,420
90th Percentile Wage
$78,960

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $78,960. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $50,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,980.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$14.90
25th Percentile Wage
$18.10
50th Percentile Wage
$24.23
75th Percentile Wage
$30.01
90th Percentile Wage
$37.96

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $37.96. The median hourly salary is $24.23. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $14.90.

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
201650,4101.77%6.71%
201549,5200.91%-
201449,0704.63%-
201346,800-0.49%-
201247,030--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Virginia cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Virginia ranges from $28,640 to $50,560. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Virginia is Richmond with a median annual salary of $50,560. The second highest paying city/area in Virginia State is Charlottesville (mean annual salary $50,190). The lowest paying area is Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $28,640.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Richmond
$50,560
Charlottesville
$50,190
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News
$43,190
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford
$40,790
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$39,440
Lynchburg
$38,890
Harrisonburg
$37,890
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol
$37,850
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$35,910
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$35,740
Roanoke
$34,490
Danville
$30,770
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$28,640


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