These Are The 10 Best States For Attorneys

We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Attorneys to open up shop.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarBest States For Professions, Rankings - 1 year ago




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Attorneys are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as attorneys in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since attorneys are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where attorneys have it the best. Where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for attorneys. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s attorneys:

  1. Delaware
  2. California
  3. New Jersey
  4. New York
  5. Connecticut
  6. Texas
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Georgia
  9. Virginia
  10. Alaska

So there you have it — Delaware is the best of the best when it comes to being a attorneys. How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for attorneys and for more on the top ten states.

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How we determined the best states to be an attorney?

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best states for attorneys in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well attorneys get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is in a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living from MIT’s living wage index. Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that while the average salary for Attorneys in California is $163,020 and the average salary in Illinois is $125,920, the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for attorneys in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for attorneys.

1. Delaware

Best States For Attorneys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,970
Average Annual Salary: $152,330
Average Entry Level Salary: $76,970
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.55

2. California

Best States For Attorneys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 72,790
Average Annual Salary: $163,020
Average Entry Level Salary: $72,100
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.06

3. New Jersey

Best States For Attorneys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 19,900
Average Annual Salary: $145,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $67,340
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.15

4. New York

Best States For Attorneys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 72,100
Average Annual Salary: $155,050
Average Entry Level Salary: $63,700
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.81

5. Connecticut

Best States For Attorneys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,660
Average Annual Salary: $147,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $78,120
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.04

6. Texas

Best States For Attorneys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 41,000
Average Annual Salary: $143,490
Average Entry Level Salary: $59,390
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.8

7. Pennsylvania

Best States For Attorneys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 24,510
Average Annual Salary: $131,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,170
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.97

8. Georgia

Best States For Attorneys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 15,130
Average Annual Salary: $130,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,400
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.83

9. Virginia

Best States For Attorneys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 16,620
Average Annual Salary: $135,180
Average Entry Level Salary: $59,640
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.02

10. Alaska

Best States For Attorneys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,050
Average Annual Salary: $121,910
Average Entry Level Salary: $75,190
Average Experienced Salary: $174,390
Location Quotient: 0.73

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a attorney these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a attorney in America:

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Iowa
  3. Mississippi

Detailed List Of The Best States For Attorneys

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Delaware $152,330 $76,970 2,970
2 California $163,020 $72,100 72,790
3 New Jersey $145,970 $67,340 19,900
4 New York $155,050 $63,700 72,100
5 Connecticut $147,100 $78,120 7,660
6 Texas $143,490 $59,390 41,000
7 Pennsylvania $131,090 $54,170 24,510
8 Georgia $130,710 $54,400 15,130
9 Virginia $135,180 $59,640 16,620
10 Alaska $121,910 $75,190 1,050
11 Colorado $135,880 $55,860 11,620
12 West Virginia $98,270 $52,020 2,350
13 Nevada $120,360 $63,630 5,130
14 Massachusetts $152,990 $59,720 16,850
15 Arizona $125,660 $57,390 10,300
16 Washington $124,000 $59,100 10,870
17 Rhode Island $129,100 $60,300 1,780
18 Illinois $125,920 $53,060 30,220
19 Florida $128,050 $52,280 46,770
20 Ohio $113,360 $52,800 15,770
21 Vermont $106,610 $53,840 1,190
22 Alabama $114,820 $52,290 5,240
23 Tennessee $125,530 $50,520 7,430
24 Oregon $117,800 $54,540 6,880
25 Oklahoma $116,900 $42,410 6,710
26 Idaho $96,900 $46,470 2,080
27 Utah $113,550 $51,510 4,420
28 South Dakota $96,580 $54,760 750
29 Minnesota $128,320 $52,180 10,690
30 Missouri $114,480 $45,670 9,800
31 Michigan $110,920 $51,200 14,230
32 New Mexico $91,430 $48,700 2,830
33 North Dakota $101,840 $48,100 990
34 Louisiana $111,240 $48,330 6,920
35 Arkansas $100,320 $43,610 3,240
36 Maine $99,260 $51,980 1,860
37 Hawaii $104,180 $64,310 1,900
38 Montana $82,070 $37,320 1,900
39 Kentucky $93,560 $40,570 5,330
40 Maryland $121,530 $56,960 11,390
41 Kansas $105,790 $52,690 3,690
42 North Carolina $123,940 $45,520 12,110
43 Nebraska $106,460 $48,430 2,860
44 Wyoming $102,130 $48,330 880
45 South Carolina $109,250 $43,010 5,590
46 New Hampshire $114,470 $58,980 1,640
47 Indiana $110,240 $44,590 7,280
48 Mississippi $103,180 $22,670 3,090
49 Iowa $106,820 $41,800 3,280
50 Wisconsin $101,990 $45,090 7,650

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