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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 among Iowa 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$49,250
25th Percentile Wage
$67,150
50th Percentile Wage
$94,550
75th Percentile Wage
$133,490
90th Percentile Wage
$205,330

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 $205,330. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $94,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $49,250.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of lawyers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$94,550
5.52% 6.78%
2016
$89,330
1.20% -
2015
$88,260
3.15% -
2014
$85,480
-2.19% -
2013
$87,350
-0.90% -
2012
$88,140
- -

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 $56,740 to $117,470. The highest paying area for lawyers in Iowa is Davenport-Moline-Rock Island with a median annual salary of $117,470. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Des Moines-West Des Moines (mean annual salary $111,090). The lowest paying area is Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $56,740.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island
$117,470
Des Moines-West Des Moines
$111,090
Cedar Rapids
$93,830
Ames
$92,120
Dubuque
$89,860
Waterloo-Cedar Falls
$87,100
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$77,990
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$74,540
Iowa City
$68,060
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$61,720
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$56,740




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