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Lawyer Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for lawyers in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of lawyers among Washington 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 Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$62,160
25th Percentile Wage
$79,240
50th Percentile Wage
$111,170
75th Percentile Wage
$152,980
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $152,980. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $111,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $62,160.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29.88
25th Percentile Wage
$38.10
50th Percentile Wage
$53.45
75th Percentile Wage
$73.55
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for lawyers in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 75th percentile wage is $73.55. The median hourly salary is $53.45. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29.88.

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
2016111,1702.45%9.96%
2015108,4502.39%-
2014105,8602.54%-
2013103,1702.98%-
2012100,100--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in Washington Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of Washington ranges from $64,860 to $121,900. The highest paying area for lawyers in Washington is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett with a median annual salary of $121,900. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $119,790). The lowest paying area is Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $64,860.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$121,900
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$119,790
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$110,040
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$109,110
Bremerton-Silverdale
$103,120
Tacoma
$100,250
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$98,270
Olympia
$92,390
Bellingham
$88,390
Spokane
$87,040
Longview
$84,220
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$81,330
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$80,650
Lewiston
$80,190
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$76,990
Yakima
$71,730
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$64,860



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