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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 $160,290, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for lawyers. It is followed by California (average annual salary $144,080). 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 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
$160,290
$98,420 31,470
2 California
$144,080
$71,010 76,840
3 New York
$140,200
$64,660 72,760
4 Massachusetts
$138,040
$62,270 17,440
5 Delaware
$137,890
$73,560 2,590
6 Texas
$126,130
$58,950 43,240
7 Virginia
$126,110
$61,330 16,890
8 Connecticut
$125,690
$73,040 7,260
9 New Jersey
$124,010
$65,400 19,870
10 Colorado
$118,000
$58,610 11,230
11 Nevada
$117,200
$64,360 5,050
12 Pennsylvania
$115,220
$54,700 25,320
13 Alaska
$114,990
$77,030 930
14 Rhode Island
$114,770
$59,980 1,800
15 Minnesota
$114,090
$62,850 10,450
16 North Carolina
$113,430
$47,140 11,330
17 Washington
$111,170
$62,160 10,760
18 Virgin Islands
$109,450
$42,430 270
19 Illinois
$105,220
$55,450 30,250
20 Georgia
$104,950
$52,000 16,870
21 Tennessee
$102,880
$50,940 7,570
22 Arizona
$102,390
$59,250 9,910
23 Maryland
$102,270
$56,080 11,490
24 Oregon
$101,940
$53,630 6,530
25 Alabama
$101,470
$47,550 5,380
26 Florida
$99,940
$53,230 47,590
27 Mississippi
$98,150
$34,900 3,070
28 New Hampshire
$97,810
$61,130 1,590
29 Utah
$95,980
$49,520 4,580
30 Michigan
$95,860
$53,760 14,850
31 Ohio
$95,700
$53,270 15,920
32 Oklahoma
$94,890
$45,390 6,360
33 Missouri
$93,950
$47,980 9,640
34 Hawaii
$92,890
$65,320 2,040
35 Wisconsin
$91,790
$46,610 7,530
36 Vermont
$90,910
$56,360 1,120
37 Indiana
$90,770
$44,800 7,360
38 Louisiana
$90,040
$45,920 6,840
39 Wyoming
$89,370
$50,420 810
40 Iowa
$89,330
$44,940 3,280
41 West Virginia
$86,490
$51,100 2,260
42 North Dakota
$86,220
$53,030 1,000
43 Guam
$85,800
$52,850 200
44 Arkansas
$84,080
$42,400 3,040
45 Maine
$84,030
$52,780 1,740
46 New Mexico
$80,910
$55,640 2,890
47 Nebraska
$80,520
$51,530 2,920
48 South Carolina
$80,060
$43,310 6,200
49 Kansas
$78,300
$51,950 3,650
50 South Dakota
$78,290
$52,710 760
51 Idaho
$75,220
$49,870 1,970
52 Kentucky
$73,130
$40,920 5,350
53 Montana
$70,840
$38,510 1,970
54 Puerto Rico
$63,160
$34,610 2,660
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