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Lawyer Salary Information in Iowa

The average annual and hourly salaries for lawyers in the state of Iowa are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of lawyers amongst Iowa metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Lawyers in Iowa

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,940
25th Percentile Wage
$62,130
50th Percentile Wage
$89,330
75th Percentile Wage
$127,980
90th Percentile Wage
$203,410

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $203,410. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $89,330. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $44,940.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21.61
25th Percentile Wage
$29.87
50th Percentile Wage
$42.95
75th Percentile Wage
$61.53
90th Percentile Wage
$97.79

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for lawyers in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $97.79. The median hourly salary is $42.95. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21.61.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of lawyers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201689,3301.20%1.33%
201588,2603.15%-
201485,480-2.19%-
201387,350-0.90%-
201288,140--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in Iowa Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some Iowa cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of Iowa ranges from $54,330 to $106,960. The highest paying area for lawyers in Iowa is Des Moines-West Des Moines with a median annual salary of $106,960. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Davenport-Moline-Rock Island (mean annual salary $104,150). The lowest paying area is Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $54,330.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Des Moines-West Des Moines
$106,960
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island
$104,150
Ames
$91,010
Dubuque
$87,500
Cedar Rapids
$86,390
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$81,440
Waterloo-Cedar Falls
$77,940
Iowa City
$70,920
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$68,250
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$57,380
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$54,330


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