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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Lawyer, Judges, and Related Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,430
25th Percentile Wage
$75,390
50th Percentile Wage
$116,210
75th Percentile Wage
$172,110
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 $172,110. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $116,210. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,430. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is almost 216% 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, judges, and related workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$116,210
1.00% 4.71%
2016
$115,050
1.68% -
2015
$113,120
1.15% -
2014
$111,820
0.19% -
2013
$111,610
0.78% -
2012
$110,740
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Table 2. Lawyer, Judges, and Related Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of lawyers, judges, and related workers 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, judges, and related workers occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $168,300. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $87,590).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$168,300
Manufacturing
$166,590
Mining
$165,200
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$163,330
Utilities
$160,240
Transportation and Warehousing
$151,180
Finance and Insurance
$146,980
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$146,620
Accommodation and Food Services
$143,790
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$143,010
Construction
$134,160
Wholesale Trade
$132,980
Educational Services
$129,230
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$120,940
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$106,250
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$102,070
Federal, State, and Local Government
$99,580
Health Care and Social Assistance
$90,430
Retail Trade
$87,590

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
$168,300
Lawyers
$118,570
Lawyers and Judicial Law Clerks
$117,020
Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Workers
$105,840
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
$94,900
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
$91,350
Judicial Law Clerks
$48,460



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