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Lawyer Salary Information in Tennessee

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$50,940
25th Percentile Wage
$68,920
50th Percentile Wage
$102,880
75th Percentile Wage
$159,490
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $159,490. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $102,880. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $50,940.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24.49
25th Percentile Wage
$33.13
50th Percentile Wage
$49.46
75th Percentile Wage
$76.68
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for lawyers in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 75th percentile wage is $76.68. The median hourly salary is $49.46. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24.49.

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
2016102,880-2.93%11.45%
2015105,8907.44%-
201498,0104.47%-
201393,6302.70%-
201291,100--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in Tennessee Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some Tennessee cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of Tennessee ranges from $70,390 to $132,570. The highest paying area for lawyers in Tennessee is Jackson with a median annual salary of $132,570. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is Knoxville (mean annual salary $110,060). The lowest paying area is Clarksville with a median annual salary of $70,390.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Jackson
$132,570
Knoxville
$110,060
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$108,150
Chattanooga
$103,610
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$98,920
Memphis
$96,760
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$86,600
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$82,730
Cleveland
$82,550
Morristown
$73,500
Johnson City
$72,580
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$70,590
Clarksville
$70,390



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