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Lawyer Salary Information in South Carolina

The average annual and hourly salaries for lawyers in the state of South Carolina are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of lawyers amongst South Carolina 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Lawyers in South Carolina

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,840
25th Percentile Wage
$57,140
50th Percentile Wage
$79,520
75th Percentile Wage
$129,370
90th Percentile Wage
$200,050

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in South Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $200,050. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $79,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,840.

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
$79,520
-0.68% -9.68%
2016
$80,060
-2.79% -
2015
$82,290
-5.41% -
2014
$86,740
-1.49% -
2013
$88,030
0.92% -
2012
$87,220
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some South Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of South Carolina ranges from $56,810 to $133,180. The highest paying area for lawyers in South Carolina is Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill with a median annual salary of $133,180. The second highest paying city/area in South Carolina State is Anderson (mean annual salary $127,370). The lowest paying area is Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $56,810.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill
$133,180
Anderson
$127,370
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley
$105,850
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$87,920
Spartanburg
$87,190
Florence
$86,140
Augusta-Richmond County
$83,280
Columbia
$82,790
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$78,890
Sumter
$78,030
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway
$72,770
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$65,190
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville
$59,530
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$56,810




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