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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 $184,110, 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 $165,500). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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
$184,110
5,170
2 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$165,500
11,750
3 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$164,110
1,080
4 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
$163,110
710
5 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$162,800
12,750
6 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$159,930
16,660
7 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$158,890
2,480
8 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$158,300
41,520
9 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$157,970
44,370
10 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$157,020
55,480
11 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$154,600
13,340
12 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$152,400
30,830
13 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$149,820
75,840
14 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$148,830
25,410
15 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$145,870
500
16 Wilmington, New Jersey
$145,580
2,320
17 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$144,730
15,610
18 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$143,930
8,560
19 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
$142,790
380
20 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$142,430
11,060
21 Napa, California
$140,860
150
22 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$138,760
4,030
23 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$137,010
4,480
24 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$136,140
7,350
25 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$135,480
13,420
26 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California
$135,180
180
27 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$134,600
2,940
28 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$134,510
2,780
29 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
$132,970
220
30 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$132,960
6,480
31 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$132,950
660
32 Jackson, Tennessee
$132,570
140
33 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$130,800
5,510
34 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$130,360
9,940
35 Framingham, Massachusetts
$130,360
610
36 Richmond, Virginia
$129,660
3,920
37 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$128,180
8,530
38 Midland, Texas
$127,930
220
39 Portsmouth, New Hampshire
$127,460
230
40 Anderson, South Carolina
$127,370
60
41 Greenville, North Carolina
$127,250
130
42 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$126,920
490
43 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$124,440
19,070
44 Tulsa, Oklahoma
$124,200
1,700
45 Danbury, Connecticut
$123,370
170
46 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$121,900
7,590
47 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$121,720
3,840
48 Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania
$121,670
2,060
49 Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi
$121,320
320
50 Norwich-New London, Rhode Island
$121,130
150
51 New Haven, Connecticut
$121,060
990
52 Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$120,890
70
53 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$120,740
5,170
54 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$120,600
8,910
55 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$120,360
13,160
56 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$119,790
8,380
57 Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$119,400
110
58 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
$119,140
260
59 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$118,010
590
60 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$117,870
3,130
61 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$117,450
220
62 Jackson, Mississippi
$117,240
1,260
63 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$117,050
5,160
64 Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama
$116,880
2,240
65 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$116,050
4,050
66 Anchorage, Alaska
$115,890
650
67 Boulder, Colorado
$115,840
670
68 Railbelt-Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$115,570
80
69 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Missouri
$115,400
720
70 Sussex County, Delaware
$114,880
140
71 Lubbock, Texas
$113,840
530
72 Merced, California
$113,670
90
73 Springfield, Massachusetts
$113,170
790
74 Mobile, Alabama
$113,010
600
75 Manchester, New Hampshire
$112,920
490
76 Casper, Wyoming
$112,900
120
77 Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, South Carolina
$112,880
1,140
78 Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$112,870
30
79 Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
$112,350
230
80 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$112,220
1,860
81 Longview, Texas
$112,040
200
82 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$111,650
7,960
83 Modesto, California
$111,550
230
84 Yuba City, California
$110,820
40
85 El Centro, California
$110,800
100
86 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania
$110,610
790
87 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$110,410
23,100
88 Knoxville, Tennessee
$110,060
1,130
89 Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area, Washington
$110,040
80
90 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$109,940
9,420
91 Madison, Wisconsin
$109,920
1,620
92 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$109,670
1,090
93 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$109,640
25,670
94 Chico, California
$109,550
110
95 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$109,110
4,340
96 New Bedford, Massachusetts
$108,950
130
97 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee
$108,150
2,970
98 Punta Gorda, Florida
$108,130
250
99 Columbus, Ohio
$107,080
3,690
100 Eastern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area, Connecticut
$107,060
50
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