Paralegals and Legal Assistant Salary Information in West Virginia

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,680
25th Percentile Wage
$34,000
50th Percentile Wage
$41,450
75th Percentile Wage
$49,770
90th Percentile Wage
$62,680

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants in West Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $62,680. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $41,450. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,680.

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
$41,450
0.22% 12.11%
2016
$41,360
4.21% -
2015
$39,620
7.17% -
2014
$36,780
-2.50% -
2013
$37,700
3.37% -
2012
$36,430
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in some West Virginia cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of paralegals and legal assistants in state of West Virginia ranges from $34,990 to $67,980. The highest paying area for paralegals and legal assistants in West Virginia is Washington-Arlington-Alexandria with a median annual salary of $67,980. The second highest paying city/area in West Virginia State is Hagerstown-Martinsburg (mean annual salary $53,480). The lowest paying area is North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $34,990.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria
$67,980
Hagerstown-Martinsburg
$53,480
Morgantown
$44,490
Charleston
$43,570
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna
$42,680
Wheeling
$42,370
Huntington-Ashland
$38,550
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$38,380
Winchester
$37,770
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$34,990




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