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Lawyer Salary Information in Massachusetts

The average annual and hourly salaries for lawyers in the state of Massachusetts are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of lawyers amongst Massachusetts cities 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 Massachusetts

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$62,270
25th Percentile Wage
$86,990
50th Percentile Wage
$138,040
75th Percentile Wage
$206,130
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in Massachusetts in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $206,130. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $138,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $62,270.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29.94
25th Percentile Wage
$41.82
50th Percentile Wage
$66.37
75th Percentile Wage
$99.10
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for lawyers in Massachusetts in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 75th percentile wage is $99.10. The median hourly salary is $66.37. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29.94.

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
2016138,0403.73%16.85%
2015132,8906.10%-
2014124,7807.24%-
2013115,7400.83%-
2012114,780--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in Massachusetts Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some Massachusetts cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of Massachusetts ranges from $65,220 to $154,600. The highest paying area for lawyers in Massachusetts is Boston-Cambridge-Quincy with a median annual salary of $154,600. The second highest paying city/area in Massachusetts State is Boston-Cambridge-Quincy (mean annual salary $144,730). The lowest paying area is Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $65,220.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
$154,600
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
$144,730
Framingham
$130,360
Springfield
$113,170
New Bedford
$108,950
Peabody
$105,680
Taunton-Norton-Raynham
$104,090
Pittsfield
$86,680
Worcester
$84,010
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton
$83,370
Barnstable Town
$77,240
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner
$74,840
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
$65,220


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