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Salary of Legal Occupations

The average annual salary of legal occupations is shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of all legal occupations in the United States. The legal occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Legal Occupations in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
No Data
75th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
10th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for legal occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average word.annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) legal occupations is $133,430. The median annual salary is $76,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,840.

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Legal Occupations

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all legal occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among legal professions and range from $43,080 to $115,140. The highest paid legal occupations are judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates with a median annual salary of $115,140. The lowest paid legal occupations in the United States are title examiners, abstractors, and searchers with a median annual salary of $43,080. For more salary information about a specific legal profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Lawyers and Judicial Law Clerks
Lawyers, Judges, and Related Workers
Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Workers
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Other Legal Support Workers
Court Reporters
Judicial Law Clerks
Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Legal Support Workers
Miscellaneous Legal Support Workers
Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers