Highest Paying Industries for Lawyers

The top 100 highest paying industries 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 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. 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 in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Lawyers

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 Natural Gas Distribution
$179,870
320
5 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$179,420
110
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
$172,370
5,790
18 Telecommunications
$171,970
1,610
19 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$171,690
70
20 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$171,550
2,140
21 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$171,540
270
22 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$170,170
1,510
23 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$170,110
1,810
24 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$170,030
660
25 Scientific Research and Development Services
$169,670
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 Support Activities for Mining
$165,510
320
33 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$164,860
60
34 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$164,510
400
35 Machinery Manufacturing
$163,880
410
36 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$163,440
3,870
37 Depository Credit Intermediation
$162,440
1,970
38 Land Subdivision
$162,340
130
39 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$162,290
160
40 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$160,580
16,940
41 Manufacturing
$160,430
4,760
42 Food Manufacturing
$160,230
70
43 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$159,870
580
44 Utilities
$159,590
1,030
45 Pipeline Transportation
$159,430
170
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
$156,450
690
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 Newspaper Publishers
$154,150
50
56 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$153,920
200
57 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$153,000
560
58 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$152,300
40
59 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$152,240
3,100
60 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$150,980
290
61 Hospitals - Privately owned
$150,610
750
62 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$150,500
80
63 Nonstore Retailers
$150,460
240
64 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$150,190
680
65 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$150,170
40
66 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$149,890
280
67 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$149,840
130
68 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$149,420
380
69 Wholesale Trade
$149,370
2,340
70 Engineering Services
$148,850
770
71 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$148,830
390
72 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$148,570
150
73 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$148,500
400
74 Rental and Leasing Services
$148,410
70
75 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$148,280
100
76 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$148,120
780
77 Offices of Physicians
$147,540
190
78 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$147,470
700
79 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$147,080
970
80 Chemical Manufacturing
$146,470
970
81 Nonresidential Building Construction
$146,470
140
82 Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
$146,350
70
83 Real Estate
$146,210
1,900
84 Paper Manufacturing
$146,070
40
85 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$145,960
400
86 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$145,710
40
87 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$145,360
870
88 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$144,900
90
89 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$144,870
130
90 Accommodation and Food Services
$144,850
70
91 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$144,770
990
92 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$143,990
280
93 Mining
$143,910
2,160
94 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$143,800
170
95 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$143,790
2,260
96 Support Activities for Transportation
$143,790
90
97 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$143,510
30
98 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$143,120
40
99 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$142,310
220
100 Spectator Sports
$142,250
100
See also: Highest paying cities for lawyers.