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Lawyer, Judges, and Related Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of lawyers, judges, and related workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of lawyers, judges, and related workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of lawyers, judges, and related workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The lawyers, judges, and related workers 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, Judges, and Related Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,100
25th Percentile Wage
$74,990
50th Percentile Wage
$115,050
75th Percentile Wage
$170,170
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers, judges, and related workers. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $170,170. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $115,050. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,100. It is noted 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, judges, and related workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016115,0501.68%3.75%
2015113,1201.15%-
2014111,8200.19%-
2013111,6100.78%-
2012110,740--

Table 2. Lawyer, Judges, and Related Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of lawyers, judges, and related workers 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, judges, and related workers occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $164,670. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $87,300).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$164,670
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$164,520
Information
$161,770
Manufacturing
$160,570
Utilities
$156,950
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$150,280
Finance and Insurance
$145,000
Transportation and Warehousing
$143,500
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$141,270
Construction
$135,110
Wholesale Trade
$133,840
Educational Services
$125,280
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$119,140
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$100,650
Federal, State, and Local Government
$99,720
Retail Trade
$87,590
Health Care and Social Assistance
$87,300

Table 3. Salaries of Lawyer, Judges, and Related Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of lawyer, judges, and related worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
$125,880
Lawyers
$118,160
Lawyers and Judicial Law Clerks
$116,250
Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Workers
$100,960
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
$92,110
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
$59,770
Judicial Law Clerks
$51,760


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