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Lawyer Salary Information in Virginia

The average annual and hourly salaries for lawyers in the state of Virginia are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of lawyers among Virginia cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Lawyers in Virginia

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$61,330
25th Percentile Wage
$85,020
50th Percentile Wage
$126,110
75th Percentile Wage
$165,780
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $165,780. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $126,110. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $61,330.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29.48
25th Percentile Wage
$40.88
50th Percentile Wage
$60.63
75th Percentile Wage
$79.70
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for lawyers in Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 75th percentile wage is $79.70. The median hourly salary is $60.63. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29.48.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of lawyers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016126,1102.28%8.23%
2015123,2304.41%-
2014117,8002.06%-
2013115,370-0.31%-
2012115,730--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in Virginia Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some Virginia cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of Virginia ranges from $69,980 to $129,660. The highest paying area for lawyers in Virginia is Richmond with a median annual salary of $129,660. The second highest paying city/area in Virginia State is Charlottesville (mean annual salary $106,150). The lowest paying area is Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $69,980.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Richmond
$129,660
Charlottesville
$106,150
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News
$103,290
Roanoke
$99,690
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol
$96,800
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford
$96,620
Harrisonburg
$95,230
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$87,120
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$83,010
Danville
$81,000
Lynchburg
$77,430
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$73,710
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$69,980


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