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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 metropolitan 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 Wisconsin

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$50,980
25th Percentile Wage
$66,670
50th Percentile Wage
$99,640
75th Percentile Wage
$154,210
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 $99,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $50,980.

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
$99,640
7.88% 10.19%
2016
$91,790
9.60% -
2015
$82,980
-1.06% -
2014
$83,860
-3.70% -
2013
$86,960
-2.91% -
2012
$89,490
- -

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 $61,350 to $110,830. The highest paying area for lawyers in Wisconsin is Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington with a median annual salary of $110,830. The second highest paying city/area in Wisconsin State is Madison (mean annual salary $106,490). The lowest paying area is South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $61,350.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington
$110,830
Madison
$106,490
Lake County-Kenosha County
$103,840
Sheboygan
$103,490
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
$95,090
Green Bay
$89,380
Eau Claire
$88,930
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$87,940
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$83,840
Fond du Lac
$82,450
Appleton
$80,720
Wausau
$80,180
Janesville
$78,830
Oshkosh-Neenah
$75,010
Duluth
$74,390
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$74,120
La Crosse
$70,000
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$63,850
Racine
$61,730
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$61,350




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