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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 amongst 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Lawyers in Tennessee

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,450
25th Percentile Wage
$70,570
50th Percentile Wage
$101,450
75th Percentile Wage
$159,530
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 $159,530. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $101,450. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,450.

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
$101,450
-1.41% 10.20%
2016
$102,880
-2.93% -
2015
$105,890
7.44% -
2014
$98,010
4.47% -
2013
$93,630
2.70% -
2012
$91,100
- -

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 $125,460. The highest paying area for lawyers in Tennessee is Jackson with a median annual salary of $125,460. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is Knoxville (mean annual salary $108,770). The lowest paying area is Clarksville with a median annual salary of $70,390.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Jackson
$125,460
Knoxville
$108,770
Chattanooga
$103,610
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$101,150
Memphis
$99,900
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$97,570
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$95,800
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$85,760
Morristown
$85,630
Cleveland
$82,550
Johnson City
$80,060
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$75,930
Clarksville
$70,390




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