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Lawyer Salary Information in North Carolina

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$47,140
25th Percentile Wage
$67,060
50th Percentile Wage
$113,430
75th Percentile Wage
$185,910
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $185,910. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $113,430. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $47,140.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22.66
25th Percentile Wage
$32.24
50th Percentile Wage
$54.53
75th Percentile Wage
$89.38
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for lawyers in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 75th percentile wage is $89.38. The median hourly salary is $54.53. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22.66.

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
2016113,43015.31%18.10%
201596,0603.59%-
201492,610-0.37%-
201392,9500.05%-
201292,900--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in North Carolina Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some North Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of North Carolina ranges from $62,350 to $163,110. The highest paying area for lawyers in North Carolina is Winston-Salem with a median annual salary of $163,110. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Greenville (mean annual salary $127,250). The lowest paying area is Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton with a median annual salary of $62,350.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Winston-Salem
$163,110
Greenville
$127,250
Raleigh-Cary
$104,530
Greensboro-High Point
$100,340
Wilmington
$97,600
Durham-Chapel Hill
$97,000
Asheville
$91,220
Jacksonville
$86,560
Fayetteville
$86,090
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$84,900
Burlington
$84,210
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$76,100
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$75,370
Goldsboro
$73,740
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$66,140
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton
$62,350


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