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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 areas 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$67,040
25th Percentile Wage
$81,650
50th Percentile Wage
$110,840
75th Percentile Wage
$153,030
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 $153,030. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $110,840. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $67,040.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of lawyers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$110,840
-0.30% 9.69%
2016
$111,170
2.45% -
2015
$108,450
2.39% -
2014
$105,860
2.54% -
2013
$103,170
2.98% -
2012
$100,100
- -

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 $73,800 to $121,780. The highest paying area for lawyers in Washington is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett with a median annual salary of $121,780. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $119,230). The lowest paying area is Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $73,800.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$121,780
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$119,230
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$110,390
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$105,700
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$99,340
Olympia
$97,790
Tacoma
$96,820
Bremerton-Silverdale
$93,350
Bellingham
$92,070
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$91,500
Yakima
$91,370
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$89,020
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$88,300
Spokane
$87,990
Longview
$81,040
Lewiston
$80,190
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$78,830
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$73,800




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