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Lawyer Salary Information in Michigan

The average annual salaries for lawyers in the state of Michigan are shown in Table 1. The comparison of the salary statistics of lawyers amongst Michigan areas is shown in Table 2. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018 and published in April 2019 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual Salary of Lawyers in Michigan (2018 Survey)

Percentile bracketAverage annual salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,710
25th Percentile Wage
$64,780
50th Percentile Wage
$94,990
75th Percentile Wage
$136,460
90th Percentile Wage
$183,410

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in Michigan in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $183,410. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $94,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $53,710.

Median salary trend (2012 to 2018)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of lawyers from 2012 to 2018.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth6-Year Growth
2018
$94,990
-1.08% -3.05%
2017
$96,020
0.17% -
2016
$95,860
2.20% -
2015
$93,750
-1.87% -
2014
$95,500
1.06% -
2013
$94,490
-3.60% -
2012
$97,890
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in Michigan Cities (2018 Survey)

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some Michigan cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of Michigan ranges from $57,660 to $107,540. The highest paying area for lawyers in Michigan is Midland with a median annual salary of $107,540. The second highest paying city/area in Michigan State is Jackson (mean annual salary $104,890). The lowest paying area is Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $57,660.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Midland
$107,540
Jackson
$104,890
Ann Arbor
$102,640
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn
$102,020
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills
$99,310
Detroit-Warren-Livonia
$98,890
Lansing-East Lansing
$97,100
Kalamazoo-Portage
$96,030
Niles-Benton Harbor
$93,120
Flint
$88,370
Battle Creek
$88,100
Holland-Grand Haven
$86,340
Grand Rapids-Wyoming
$84,490
Monroe
$82,100
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$81,680
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North
$78,840
Muskegon-Norton Shores
$73,040
Bay City
$70,320
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$70,030
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$67,490
South Bend-Mishawaka
$65,050
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
$57,660




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