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Lawyer Salary Information in West Virginia

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$51,100
25th Percentile Wage
$64,060
50th Percentile Wage
$86,490
75th Percentile Wage
$117,000
90th Percentile Wage
$163,340

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in West Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $163,340. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $86,490. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $51,100.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24.57
25th Percentile Wage
$30.80
50th Percentile Wage
$41.58
75th Percentile Wage
$56.25
90th Percentile Wage
$78.53

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for lawyers in West Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $78.53. The median hourly salary is $41.58. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24.57.

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
201686,4900.53%13.59%
201586,0307.52%-
201479,5602.15%-
201377,8503.99%-
201274,740--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in West Virginia Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some West Virginia cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of West Virginia ranges from $55,920 to $158,300. The highest paying area for lawyers in West Virginia is Washington-Arlington-Alexandria with a median annual salary of $158,300. The second highest paying city/area in West Virginia State is Winchester (mean annual salary $97,430). The lowest paying area is North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $55,920.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria
$158,300
Winchester
$97,430
Wheeling
$95,090
Huntington-Ashland
$94,010
Charleston
$91,210
Cumberland
$88,480
Morgantown
$87,240
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna
$86,740
Hagerstown-Martinsburg
$81,360
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$74,300
Steubenville-Weirton
$71,610
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$55,920


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