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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 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 New York

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$64,660
25th Percentile Wage
$88,830
50th Percentile Wage
$140,200
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 $140,200. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $88,830. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $64,660.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31.09
25th Percentile Wage
$42.71
50th Percentile Wage
$67.41
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for lawyers in New York in 5 percentile scales. The median hourly salary is $67.41. The average hourly salary of the 25th percentile is $42.71. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31.09.

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
2016140,2003.99%5.70%
2015134,610-0.88%-
2014135,790-0.39%-
2013136,3203.01%-
2012132,210--

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 $79,690 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 $149,820). The lowest paying area is Binghamton with a median annual salary of $79,690.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
New York-White Plains-Wayne
$157,020
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island
$149,820
Nassau-Suffolk
$111,650
Ithaca
$106,110
Utica-Rome
$105,210
Albany-Schenectady-Troy
$97,360
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown
$94,500
Capital-Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
$92,800
Buffalo-Niagara Falls
$91,730
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$90,660
Rochester
$90,430
Glens Falls
$88,200
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$85,680
Syracuse
$82,330
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
$80,890
Binghamton
$79,690


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