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Lawyer Salary Information in Michigan

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,760
25th Percentile Wage
$69,800
50th Percentile Wage
$95,860
75th Percentile Wage
$131,490
90th Percentile Wage
$186,440

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in Michigan in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $186,440. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $95,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $53,760.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25.84
25th Percentile Wage
$33.56
50th Percentile Wage
$46.08
75th Percentile Wage
$63.22
90th Percentile Wage
$89.64

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for lawyers in Michigan in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $89.64. The median hourly salary is $46.08. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25.84.

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
201695,8602.20%-2.12%
201593,750-1.87%-
201495,5001.06%-
201394,490-3.60%-
201297,890--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in Michigan Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some Michigan cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of Michigan ranges from $56,820 to $118,010. The highest paying area for lawyers in Michigan is Ann Arbor with a median annual salary of $118,010. The second highest paying city/area in Michigan State is Kalamazoo-Portage (mean annual salary $103,200). The lowest paying area is Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $56,820.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Ann Arbor
$118,010
Kalamazoo-Portage
$103,200
Niles-Benton Harbor
$102,610
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn
$100,620
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills
$99,310
Detroit-Warren-Livonia
$98,650
Lansing-East Lansing
$98,260
Grand Rapids-Wyoming
$86,630
Holland-Grand Haven
$86,340
Jackson
$85,490
Flint
$85,410
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North
$84,790
Bay City
$84,090
Monroe
$77,780
Battle Creek
$76,310
Muskegon-Norton Shores
$70,820
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$69,930
South Bend-Mishawaka
$66,410
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$63,550
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$56,820


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