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Highest Paying Industries for Lawyers, Judges, and Related Workers

The top 100 highest paying industries for lawyers, judges, and related workers (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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $186,020, securities and commodity exchanges is the highest paying industry for lawyers, judges, and related workers. It is followed by apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers industry (average annual salary $182,820). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of lawyers, judges, and related workers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Lawyers, Judges, and Related Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$186,020
n/a
2 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$182,820
60
3 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$181,180
4,680
4 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$179,420
110
5 Natural Gas Distribution
$178,900
320
6 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$177,830
1,170
7 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$176,140
1,640
8 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$176,110
50
9 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$175,870
n/a
10 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$174,940
330
11 Software Publishers
$173,350
1,410
12 Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers
$173,250
30
13 Gambling Industries
$173,040
50
14 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$172,630
220
15 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$172,560
350
16 Lessors of Real Estate
$172,530
630
17 Information
$172,290
5,790
18 Telecommunications
$171,970
1,610
19 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$171,690
70
20 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$171,540
270
21 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$171,470
2,140
22 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$170,030
660
23 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$169,850
1,820
24 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$169,620
1,520
25 Scientific Research and Development Services
$169,590
2,250
26 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$169,500
60
27 Other Financial Investment Activities
$169,180
2,760
28 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$168,080
80
29 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$167,770
170
30 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$167,190
30
31 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$166,640
90
32 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$164,860
60
33 Support Activities for Mining
$164,800
320
34 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$164,510
400
35 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$163,230
3,880
36 Machinery Manufacturing
$162,680
420
37 Depository Credit Intermediation
$162,400
1,970
38 Land Subdivision
$162,340
130
39 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$162,290
160
40 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$160,290
16,990
41 Food Manufacturing
$160,230
70
42 Manufacturing
$160,220
4,770
43 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$159,870
580
44 Pipeline Transportation
$159,430
170
45 Utilities
$159,140
1,040
46 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
$158,620
30
47 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$157,380
670
48 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$157,090
750
49 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$156,920
650
50 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$155,500
700
51 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$155,430
70
52 Freight Transportation Arrangement
$155,280
80
53 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$155,120
310
54 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$154,230
50
55 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$153,920
200
56 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$153,000
560
57 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$152,300
40
58 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$150,980
290
59 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$150,780
3,140
60 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$150,500
80
61 Nonstore Retailers
$150,460
240
62 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$150,170
40
63 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$149,890
280
64 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$149,840
130
65 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$149,420
380
66 Engineering Services
$148,850
770
67 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$148,590
390
68 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$148,570
150
69 Rental and Leasing Services
$148,410
70
70 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$148,280
100
71 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$148,120
780
72 Wholesale Trade
$148,050
2,370
73 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$147,340
700
74 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$147,090
410
75 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$147,080
970
76 Chemical Manufacturing
$146,470
970
77 Nonresidential Building Construction
$146,470
140
78 Hospitals - Privately owned
$146,390
800
79 Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
$146,350
70
80 Paper Manufacturing
$146,070
40
81 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$145,960
400
82 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$145,860
730
83 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$145,710
40
84 Real Estate
$145,010
1,920
85 Accommodation and Food Services
$144,850
70
86 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$144,760
130
87 Newspaper Publishers
$144,210
50
88 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$143,990
280
89 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$143,800
170
90 Support Activities for Transportation
$143,790
90
91 Mining
$143,740
2,160
92 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$143,510
30
93 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$143,120
40
94 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$142,760
2,280
95 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$142,390
920
96 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$142,310
220
97 Spectator Sports
$142,250
100
98 Offices of Physicians
$141,760
200
99 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$141,740
1,040
100 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$141,650
50