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Highest Paying Cities for Lawyers

The top 100 highest paying cities for lawyers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of lawyers in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $181,120, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California is the highest paying city for lawyers. It is followed by San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California (average annual salary $170,800). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of lawyers in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Lawyers

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$181,120
5,470
2 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$170,800
11,580
3 Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, USA
$167,970
7,700
4 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$161,900
1,200
5 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$161,900
16,770
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$161,890
42,010
7 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$160,920
44,870
8 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$160,390
2,250
9 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$160,370
59,550
10 Los Alamos County, New Mexico
$159,050
30
11 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$158,330
12,450
12 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$157,020
55,480
13 San Rafael, USA
$154,800
560
14 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, USA
$154,300
34,910
15 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$152,400
30,830
16 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$151,940
27,210
17 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$149,650
77,010
18 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$148,890
13,460
19 Wilmington, New Jersey
$145,580
2,110
20 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$144,730
4,640
21 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$143,610
540
22 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$143,560
7,330
23 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$143,190
2,730
24 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$140,620
15,820
25 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$140,620
700
26 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$139,950
9,520
27 Ithaca, New York
$138,980
80
28 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$137,600
210
29 Napa, California
$137,540
180
30 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California
$137,120
130
31 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$137,040
11,630
32 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
$135,830
490
33 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$134,600
2,940
34 Framingham, Massachusetts
$133,260
530
35 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$133,180
3,960
36 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$132,960
6,480
37 Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, USA
$132,540
2,860
38 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$132,380
13,920
39 Richmond, Virginia
$132,250
3,310
40 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$129,890
8,480
41 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$129,740
18,880
42 Midland, Texas
$127,930
220
43 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$127,710
8,760
44 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$127,440
3,050
45 Anderson, South Carolina
$127,370
60
46 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$126,920
490
47 Portsmouth, New Hampshire
$126,420
270
48 Norwich-New London, Rhode Island
$125,910
160
49 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$125,600
14,190
50 Bloomington, USA
$125,570
820
51 Jackson, Tennessee
$125,460
120
52 Dutchess County-Putnam County, USA
$124,910
350
53 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
$123,810
250
54 Greenville, North Carolina
$123,420
180
55 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$122,970
23,290
56 Danbury, Connecticut
$122,610
190
57 California-Lexington Park, USA
$122,140
90
58 Harrisonburg, Virginia
$121,900
100
59 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$121,780
7,240
60 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$121,720
3,840
61 Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$121,720
110
62 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$121,610
5,460
63 Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$120,890
50
64 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$120,510
4,120
65 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$120,440
25,730
66 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, USA
$120,140
420
67 West Central Utah nonmetropolitan area, Utah
$119,620
30
68 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$119,230
8,010
69 Northern Utah nonmetropolitan area, Utah
$119,000
70
70 New Bern, USA
$118,570
110
71 Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania
$118,570
1,960
72 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$118,330
9,860
73 Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi
$117,750
350
74 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa
$117,470
490
75 Western Central Nevada nonmetropolitan area, Nevada
$117,270
90
76 Railbelt-Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$116,510
80
77 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$116,080
5,450
78 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$115,870
5,300
79 Boulder, Colorado
$115,840
770
80 Anchorage, Alaska
$115,550
670
81 Tulsa, Oklahoma
$114,960
1,690
82 El Centro, California
$114,890
100
83 Sussex County, Delaware
$114,880
140
84 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$114,680
7,630
85 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$114,440
960
86 New Haven, Connecticut
$114,220
1,050
87 Provo-Orem, Utah
$114,200
540
88 Montgomery, Alabama
$114,060
980
89 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$113,700
8,350
90 Merced, California
$113,670
90
91 Casper, Wyoming
$113,590
110
92 Modesto, California
$113,310
320
93 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
$113,090
330
94 Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
$112,880
470
95 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$112,490
2,780
96 Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
$112,350
330
97 Waterbury, Connecticut
$112,330
210
98 Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama
$112,220
2,360
99 Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$111,460
40
100 Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
$111,090
1,520
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