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Lawyer and Judicial Law Clerk Salary Information

The salary statistics of lawyers and judicial law clerks are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of lawyers and judicial law clerks in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of lawyers and judicial law clerks within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The lawyers and judicial law clerks 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 [1].

Table 1. Lawyer and Judicial Law Clerk Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,460
25th Percentile Wage
$76,040
50th Percentile Wage
$116,250
75th Percentile Wage
$174,250
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers and judicial law clerks. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $174,250. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $116,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $55,460. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is almost 214% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of lawyers and judicial law clerks from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016116,2501.69%3.55%
2015114,2800.81%-
2014113,3600.48%-
2013112,8200.62%-
2012112,120--

Table 2. Lawyer and Judicial Law Clerk Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of lawyers and judicial law clerks 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 and judicial law clerks 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
$164,830
Mining
$164,740
Information
$161,770
Manufacturing
$160,920
Utilities
$157,780
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$150,280
Finance and Insurance
$146,000
Transportation and Warehousing
$143,620
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$142,010
Wholesale Trade
$135,630
Construction
$134,900
Educational Services
$127,680
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$119,570
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$102,690
Federal, State, and Local Government
$98,290
Health Care and Social Assistance
$96,820
Retail Trade
$88,070


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