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These Are The 10 States With The Highest Legal Assistant Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do legal assistants get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for legal assistants by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for legal assistants by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for legal assistants after this adjustment? That would be Paralegals And Legal Assistants.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Texas
  2. Illinois
  3. Michigan
  4. Georgia
  5. Washington
  6. Tennessee
  7. Minnesota
  8. Missouri
  9. Delaware
  10. Mississippi

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for legal assistants from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $59130, so our index value would be:

$59,130 * (100 / 135.9) = $43,509

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for legal assistants.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Legal Assistant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $60,066 $54,480 90.7
2 Illinois $58,361 $55,210 94.6
3 Michigan $57,943 $51,570 89.0
4 Georgia $57,910 $52,930 91.4
5 Washington $56,644 $59,590 105.2
6 Tennessee $55,369 $49,500 89.4
7 Minnesota $55,198 $55,640 100.8
8 Missouri $55,165 $49,870 90.4
9 Delaware $54,654 $55,420 101.4
10 Mississippi $54,237 $46,590 85.9
11 Wyoming $53,551 $49,160 91.8
12 Nevada $52,952 $54,700 103.3
13 Pennsylvania $52,642 $53,380 101.4
14 Colorado $52,254 $54,240 103.8
15 Kentucky $51,756 $46,840 90.5
16 Arizona $51,500 $50,470 98.0
17 Ohio $51,428 $48,240 93.8
18 Alaska $51,067 $66,950 131.1
19 North Carolina $51,022 $47,910 93.9
20 Indiana $50,905 $45,560 89.5
21 Nebraska $50,327 $46,100 91.6
22 Wisconsin $49,710 $48,120 96.8
23 Alabama $49,671 $45,300 91.2
24 Florida $49,521 $48,680 98.3
25 Kansas $49,477 $44,480 89.9
26 Utah $48,924 $45,500 93.0
27 Oklahoma $48,553 $43,310 89.2
28 Louisiana $47,426 $44,960 94.8
29 New Jersey $47,202 $57,540 121.9
30 West Virginia $47,152 $44,040 93.4
31 Rhode Island $46,470 $56,090 120.7
32 Idaho $45,689 $42,080 92.1
33 North Dakota $45,623 $45,350 99.4
34 Arkansas $45,579 $39,700 87.1
35 Oregon $45,294 $52,360 115.6
36 New York $45,267 $59,300 131.0
37 New Mexico $44,797 $43,230 96.5
38 Connecticut $44,510 $56,840 127.7
39 Montana $44,236 $44,590 100.8
40 South Carolina $44,213 $43,860 99.2
41 California $43,509 $59,130 135.9
42 New Hampshire $43,435 $50,820 117.0
43 South Dakota $42,970 $44,560 103.7
44 Maryland $42,820 $53,740 125.5
45 Maine $41,561 $46,050 110.8
46 Vermont $41,552 $50,320 121.1
47 Massachusetts $41,416 $55,250 133.4
48 Hawaii $28,231 $47,400 167.9