Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in Wisconsin

The average annual and hourly salaries for paralegals and legal assistants in the state of Wisconsin are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of paralegals and legal assistants among Wisconsin 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,690
25th Percentile Wage
$37,960
50th Percentile Wage
$47,570
75th Percentile Wage
$58,190
90th Percentile Wage
$68,660

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in Wisconsin in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $68,660. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $47,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,690.

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
$47,570
2.82% 12.47%
2016
$46,230
2.70% -
2015
$44,980
1.96% -
2014
$44,100
3.27% -
2013
$42,660
2.39% -
2012
$41,640
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Paralegals and Legal Assistants in Wisconsin Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some Wisconsin cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of Wisconsin ranges from $29,930 to $55,720. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in Wisconsin is Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington with a median annual salary of $55,720. The second highest paying city/area in Wisconsin State is Lake County-Kenosha County (mean annual salary $54,920). The lowest paying area is Fond du Lac with a median annual salary of $29,930.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington
$55,720
Lake County-Kenosha County
$54,920
Madison
$54,500
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
$51,240
Racine
$50,300
Green Bay
$46,090
Oshkosh-Neenah
$43,820
Duluth
$42,880
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$42,210
Wausau
$40,710
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$39,520
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$39,080
Sheboygan
$38,630
La Crosse
$38,400
Appleton
$37,280
Janesville
$37,260
Eau Claire
$35,600
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$34,510
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$33,780
Fond du Lac
$29,930




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