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Highest Paying States for Lawyers

The highest paying states 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 states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $161,900, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for lawyers. It is followed by California (average annual salary $149,670). 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 state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Lawyers

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$161,900
$98,160 32,090
2 California
$149,670
$73,380 79,980
3 New York
$142,990
$65,410 73,560
4 Delaware
$137,890
$73,560 2,410
5 Massachusetts
$134,230
$62,770 17,820
6 Connecticut
$130,260
$69,900 7,070
7 Texas
$125,890
$59,250 42,870
8 Virginia
$123,510
$61,270 16,330
9 Nevada
$121,390
$76,450 5,150
10 Colorado
$120,840
$65,190 11,450
11 New Jersey
$118,250
$65,730 20,730
12 Pennsylvania
$116,180
$54,480 25,470
13 Alaska
$115,910
$74,710 940
14 Illinois
$115,530
$55,270 30,170
15 Georgia
$111,250
$53,840 18,160
16 Washington
$110,840
$67,040 10,540
17 North Carolina
$110,730
$48,560 10,830
18 Virgin Islands
$109,380
$42,910 300
19 Arizona
$107,270
$66,840 9,500
20 Rhode Island
$106,620
$67,470 1,810
21 Maryland
$105,450
$52,160 11,900
22 Minnesota
$103,530
$55,320 11,180
23 Oregon
$103,260
$57,060 6,260
24 Tennessee
$101,450
$54,450 7,610
25 Alabama
$101,010
$47,860 5,640
26 Wisconsin
$99,640
$50,980 7,540
27 New Hampshire
$99,520
$62,150 1,750
28 Missouri
$97,700
$51,170 9,950
29 Hawaii
$97,630
$67,150 2,110
30 Michigan
$96,020
$53,070 15,100
31 Utah
$95,110
$49,500 4,990
32 Ohio
$94,970
$52,660 16,260
33 Florida
$94,870
$51,580 47,630
34 Iowa
$94,550
$49,250 3,470
35 Vermont
$92,770
$53,000 1,140
36 Guam
$92,640
$58,030 170
37 Oklahoma
$90,070
$42,770 6,280
38 Indiana
$89,710
$50,030 8,080
39 Mississippi
$89,240
$34,090 3,190
40 Louisiana
$88,990
$44,140 6,820
41 Nebraska
$85,830
$54,170 2,950
42 New Mexico
$84,630
$54,990 2,900
43 West Virginia
$84,430
$53,040 2,440
44 Arkansas
$84,280
$41,300 2,730
45 North Dakota
$83,390
$56,290 960
46 Maine
$82,610
$50,410 1,710
47 Wyoming
$81,320
$52,700 820
48 Idaho
$80,220
$47,430 1,980
49 South Carolina
$79,520
$40,840 6,080
50 Kansas
$78,080
$46,790 3,640
51 South Dakota
$76,870
$52,180 870
52 Kentucky
$75,700
$44,190 5,540
53 Montana
$73,530
$40,940 1,980
54 Puerto Rico
$61,310
$34,910 2,790
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