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Lawyer Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of lawyers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare lawyer salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Lawyers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$56,550
25th Percentile Wage
$77,110
50th Percentile Wage
$121,310
75th Percentile Wage
$197,840
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) lawyers is $197,840. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $121,310. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid lawyers is $56,550.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of lawyers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$121,310
1.43% 3.52%
2016
$119,580
1.22% -
2015
$118,120
0.35% -
2014
$117,710
-0.08% -
2013
$117,800
0.65% -
2012
$117,040
- -

Compare Lawyer Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of lawyers in 13 industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for lawyer occupations is the research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry with an annual salary $182,670. The lowest paying industry is the testing laboratories industry (annual salary $115,230). For detailed lawyer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$182,670
Scientific Research and Development Services
$179,870
Engineering Services
$168,090
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$160,020
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$158,190
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$157,630
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$153,560
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$137,830
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$135,690
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$128,160
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$121,310
Legal Services
$120,280
Testing Laboratories
$115,230

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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