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Lawyer Salary Information in Wisconsin

The average annual and hourly salaries for lawyers in the state of Wisconsin are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of lawyers among Wisconsin 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$46,610
25th Percentile Wage
$59,220
50th Percentile Wage
$91,790
75th Percentile Wage
$141,180
90th Percentile Wage
$202,250

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in Wisconsin in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $202,250. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $91,790. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $46,610.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22.41
25th Percentile Wage
$28.47
50th Percentile Wage
$44.13
75th Percentile Wage
$67.88
90th Percentile Wage
$97.24

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for lawyers in Wisconsin in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $97.24. The median hourly salary is $44.13. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22.41.

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
201691,7909.60%2.51%
201582,980-1.06%-
201483,860-3.70%-
201386,960-2.91%-
201289,490--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in Wisconsin Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some Wisconsin cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of Wisconsin ranges from $59,370 to $120,600. The highest paying area for lawyers in Wisconsin is Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington with a median annual salary of $120,600. The second highest paying city/area in Wisconsin State is Madison (mean annual salary $109,920). The lowest paying area is Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $59,370.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington
$120,600
Madison
$109,920
Lake County-Kenosha County
$109,670
Sheboygan
$99,620
Eau Claire
$96,030
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
$95,090
Oshkosh-Neenah
$89,260
Appleton
$80,720
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$80,720
Duluth
$79,400
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$79,390
Fond du Lac
$78,550
Green Bay
$77,170
Wausau
$76,840
Janesville
$74,160
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$74,120
La Crosse
$71,640
Racine
$63,670
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$62,260
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$59,370


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