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Lawyer Salary Information in Minnesota

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage
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Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in Minnesota in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $150,760. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $103,530. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $55,320.

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
-10.20% -3.92%
3.24% -
-0.60% -
1.49% -
1.65% -
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in Minnesota Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some Minnesota cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of Minnesota ranges from $65,960 to $83,650. The highest paying area for lawyers in Minnesota is St Cloud with a median annual salary of $83,650. The second highest paying city/area in Minnesota State is Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $83,520). The lowest paying area is Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $65,960.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
St Cloud
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
Mankato-North Mankato
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area


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