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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
$133,430
50th Percentile Wage
$76,860
25th Percentile Wage
$49,790
10th Percentile Wage
$35,840

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
$115,140
Lawyers
$114,970
Lawyers and Judicial Law Clerks
$113,360
Lawyers, Judges, and Related Workers
$111,820
Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Workers
$93,040
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
$87,980
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
$57,180
Other Legal Support Workers
$53,740
Court Reporters
$49,860
Judicial Law Clerks
$48,640
Paralegals and Legal Assistants
$48,350
Legal Support Workers
$48,130
Miscellaneous Legal Support Workers
$47,690
Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers
$43,080