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Lawyer Salary Information in New York

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$65,410
25th Percentile Wage
$88,550
50th Percentile Wage
$142,990
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in New York in 5 percentile scales. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $142,990. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $88,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $65,410.

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
$142,990
1.95% 7.54%
2016
$140,200
3.99% -
2015
$134,610
-0.88% -
2014
$135,790
-0.39% -
2013
$136,320
3.01% -
2012
$132,210
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in New York Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some New York cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of New York ranges from $75,680 to $157,020. The highest paying area for lawyers in New York is New York-White Plains-Wayne with a median annual salary of $157,020. The second highest paying city/area in New York State is New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island (mean annual salary $149,650). The lowest paying area is Binghamton with a median annual salary of $75,680.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
New York-White Plains-Wayne
$157,020
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island
$149,650
Ithaca
$138,980
Nassau-Suffolk
$113,700
Utica-Rome
$102,010
Albany-Schenectady-Troy
$97,400
Buffalo-Niagara Falls
$96,590
Capital-Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
$95,530
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown
$94,500
Kingston
$92,580
Glens Falls
$88,370
Elmira
$87,520
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$86,910
Rochester
$86,640
Syracuse
$86,000
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
$82,260
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$81,380
Binghamton
$75,680




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