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 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 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 legal occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) legal occupations is $138,240. The median annual salary is $79,650. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,650.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of legal occupations from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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 $45,800 to $125,880. The highest paid legal occupations are judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates with a median annual salary of $125,880. The lowest paid legal occupations in the United States are title examiners, abstractors, and searchers with a median annual salary of $45,800. 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|| |
|Judicial Law Clerks|| |
|Court Reporters|| |
|Miscellaneous Legal Support Workers|| |
|Legal Support Workers|| |
|Paralegals and Legal Assistants|| |
|Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers|| |