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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$62,770
25th Percentile Wage
$87,860
50th Percentile Wage
$134,230
75th Percentile Wage
$204,120
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 $204,120. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $134,230. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $62,770.

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
$134,230
-2.84% 14.49%
2016
$138,040
3.73% -
2015
$132,890
6.10% -
2014
$124,780
7.24% -
2013
$115,740
0.83% -
2012
$114,780
- -

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 $148,890. The highest paying area for lawyers in Massachusetts is Boston-Cambridge-Quincy with a median annual salary of $148,890. The second highest paying city/area in Massachusetts State is Boston-Cambridge-Quincy (mean annual salary $140,620). 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
$148,890
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
$140,620
Framingham
$133,260
Springfield
$108,950
Barnstable Town
$99,270
New Bedford
$97,620
Pittsfield
$96,760
Peabody
$94,080
Nantucket Island and Marthas Vineyard nonmetropolitan area
$94,010
Worcester
$90,890
Taunton-Norton-Raynham
$89,820
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
$81,620
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner
$76,960
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton
$71,990
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
$65,220




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