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 .
|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 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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of lawyers and judicial law clerks from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|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|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Retail Trade|| |