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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 amongst New York 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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Lawyers in New York

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
No Data
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
50th Percentile Wage
$135,790
25th Percentile Wage
$86,890
10th Percentile Wage
$64,530

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in New York in 5 percentile scales. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $135,790. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $86,890. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $64,530.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
90th Percentile Wage
No Data
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
50th Percentile Wage
$65.28
25th Percentile Wage
$41.78
10th Percentile Wage
$31.02

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for lawyers in New York in 5 percentile scales. The median hourly salary is $65.28. The average hourly salary of the 25th percentile is $41.78. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31.02.

Table 3. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $135,790 -0.39%
2013 $136,320 3.11%
2012 $132,210 0.98%
2011 $130,930 -0.11%
2010 $131,080 -

Table 3 shows the salary trend for lawyers in state of New York from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 3.59%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 3.11%. We also see the year 2012 had a salary increase 0.98% while year 2011 had a negtive growth of -0.11%.

Table 4. Average Lawyer Wage in New York vs. Related Jobs

Table 5. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in New York Cities

Table 5 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 $70,610 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 $148,140). The lowest paying area is Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $70,610.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
New York-White Plains-Wayne
$157,020
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island
$148,140
Nassau-Suffolk
$102,520
Albany-Schenectady-Troy
$98,820
Utica-Rome
$94,650
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown
$94,500
Rochester
$94,410
Ithaca
$93,760
Syracuse
$85,440
Binghamton
$85,400
Buffalo-Niagara Falls
$85,220
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$81,660
Elmira
$79,740
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$78,560
Capital-Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
$76,620
Glens Falls
$74,470
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
$70,610

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