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Lawyer Salary Information

The salary statistics of lawyers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of lawyers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The lawyers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Lawyer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$57,430
25th Percentile Wage
$78,130
50th Percentile Wage
$119,250
75th Percentile Wage
$178,480
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $178,480. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $119,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $57,430. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is almost 210% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$119,250
0.91% 4.80%
2016
$118,160
1.98% -
2015
$115,820
0.73% -
2014
$114,970
0.58% -
2013
$114,300
0.67% -
2012
$113,530
- -

Table 2. Lawyer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of lawyers in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for lawyers occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $168,580. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $88,070).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$168,580
Manufacturing
$166,860
Mining
$165,200
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$163,700
Utilities
$160,760
Transportation and Warehousing
$151,380
Finance and Insurance
$148,110
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$147,140
Accommodation and Food Services
$143,790
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$143,010
Wholesale Trade
$137,580
Construction
$134,010
Educational Services
$131,920
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$121,310
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$107,570
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$104,990
Federal, State, and Local Government
$102,740
Health Care and Social Assistance
$102,230
Retail Trade
$88,070

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Lawyers by States

From the above tables we note that not only lawyers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of lawyers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $61,310 to $161,900. The highest paying state for lawyers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $161,900. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $61,310. For more salary information of lawyers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$161,900
California
$149,670
New York
$142,990
Delaware
$137,890
Massachusetts
$134,230
Connecticut
$130,260
Texas
$125,890
Virginia
$123,510
Nevada
$121,390
Colorado
$120,840
New Jersey
$118,250
Pennsylvania
$116,180
Alaska
$115,910
Illinois
$115,530
Georgia
$111,250
Washington
$110,840
North Carolina
$110,730
Virgin Islands
$109,380
Arizona
$107,270
Rhode Island
$106,620
Maryland
$105,450
Minnesota
$103,530
Oregon
$103,260
Tennessee
$101,450
Alabama
$101,010
Wisconsin
$99,640
New Hampshire
$99,520
Missouri
$97,700
Hawaii
$97,630
Michigan
$96,020
Utah
$95,110
Ohio
$94,970
Florida
$94,870
Iowa
$94,550
Vermont
$92,770
Guam
$92,640
Oklahoma
$90,070
Indiana
$89,710
Mississippi
$89,240
Louisiana
$88,990
Nebraska
$85,830
New Mexico
$84,630
West Virginia
$84,430
Arkansas
$84,280
North Dakota
$83,390
Maine
$82,610
Wyoming
$81,320
Idaho
$80,220
South Carolina
$79,520
Kansas
$78,080
South Dakota
$76,870
Kentucky
$75,700
Montana
$73,530
Puerto Rico
$61,310



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