Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Washington

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,980
25th Percentile Wage
$45,820
50th Percentile Wage
$58,090
75th Percentile Wage
$71,730
90th Percentile Wage
$88,590

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $88,590. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $58,090. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,980.

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
$58,090
0.07% 15.17%
2016
$58,050
3.39% -
2015
$56,080
1.23% -
2014
$55,390
6.73% -
2013
$51,660
4.61% -
2012
$49,280
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Washington ranges from $35,910 to $62,230. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Washington is Tacoma with a median annual salary of $62,230. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $62,050). The lowest paying area is Kennewick-Pasco-Richland with a median annual salary of $35,910.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Tacoma
$62,230
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$62,050
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$61,990
Olympia
$58,660
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$56,380
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$54,770
Bremerton-Silverdale
$53,680
Bellingham
$50,520
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$48,980
Spokane
$48,870
Yakima
$45,670
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$44,930
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$44,610
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$44,340
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$44,190
Lewiston
$42,100
Longview
$41,950
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$35,910




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