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Lawyer and Judicial Law Clerk Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of lawyers and judicial law clerks in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare lawyer and judicial law clerk salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Lawyers and Judicial Law Clerks

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$51,500
25th Percentile Wage
$68,740
50th Percentile Wage
$98,290
75th Percentile Wage
$136,620
90th Percentile Wage
$160,290

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers and judicial law clerks in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) lawyers and judicial law clerks is $160,290. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $98,290. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid lawyers and judicial law clerks is $51,500.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of lawyers and judicial law clerks in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201698,2902.76%6.39%
201595,5801.39%-
201494,2501.28%-
201393,0401.11%-
201292,010--

Compare Lawyer and Judicial Law Clerk Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of lawyers and judicial law clerks in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for lawyer and judicial law clerk occupations is the federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $139,520. The lowest paying industry is the state government, excluding schools and hospitals (oes designation) industry (annual salary $84,570). For detailed lawyer and judicial law clerk salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$139,520
Federal government, including USPS
$139,460
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$98,670
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$98,290
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$85,800
State government, including schools and hospitals
$85,430
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$85,240
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$84,570

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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