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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,690
25th Percentile Wage
$76,250
50th Percentile Wage
$117,020
75th Percentile Wage
$175,780
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 $175,780. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $117,020. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $55,690. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is almost 215% 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 and judicial law clerks from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$117,020
0.66% 4.19%
2016
$116,250
1.69% -
2015
$114,280
0.81% -
2014
$113,360
0.48% -
2013
$112,820
0.62% -
2012
$112,120
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Table 2. Lawyer and Judicial Law Clerk Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of lawyers and judicial law clerks 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 and judicial law clerks 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
$166,850
Mining
$165,200
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$163,700
Utilities
$160,700
Transportation and Warehousing
$151,380
Finance and Insurance
$148,090
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
$131,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$121,300
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$107,270
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$104,990
Health Care and Social Assistance
$102,230
Federal, State, and Local Government
$96,990
Retail Trade
$88,070



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