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 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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 $176,580. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $118,160. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $56,910. 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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of lawyers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of lawyers in 17 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 management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $164,830. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $88,070).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
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 $63,160 to $160,290. The highest paying state for lawyers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $160,290. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $63,160. 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|| |
|New York|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |