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How Much Does an Attorney At Law Earn In The United States?

Attorney At Law Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$132,000
$71,000
$132,000
$246,000
Attorneys at law in the United States make an average salary of $132,603 per year or $63.75 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level attorney at law salary is roughly $71,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $246,000. If you like following the crowd, professional and manufacturing companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out professional, manufacturing, and hospitality companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, California, and New York provide the highest attorney at law salaries.
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Where Attorneys At Law Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where attorneys at law earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Attorneys At Law Earn In Different Cities?

While an attorney at law can average a salary of $132,603 per year, or $63.75 per hour, there are many opportunities for attorneys at law to make more. For example, in San Francisco, CA you might make $117,763 per year. Other high-paying locations include New York, NY, Reston, VA and Washington, DC. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Francisco, CA where the average starting salary is $62,000. The highest paying states for attorneys at law include Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut. Meanwhile, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Kansas offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range84k - 164k$118k$117,763

New York, NY

Salary Range80k - 144k$108k$107,957

Reston, VA

Salary Range77k - 143k$106k$105,910

Washington, DC

Salary Range78k - 143k$106k$105,900

Fort Lee, NJ

Salary Range69k - 125k$94k$93,621

Baltimore, MD

Salary Range63k - 116k$86k$85,767

McAllen, TX

Salary Range56k - 126k$85k$84,602

Albuquerque, NM

Salary Range60k - 118k$84k$84,402

Chicago, IL

Salary Range61k - 114k$84k$83,741

Philadelphia, PA

Salary Range61k - 111k$83k$82,529
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$164k

High Paying Attorney At Law Jobs

Which Companies Pay Attorneys At Law The Most?

To earn a high income as an attorney at law, working for HR Houston or Chugh might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like VIR Biotechnology and Bbi Enterprises Group report highly competitive salaries for attorneys at law.
Company
Company
Average Salary
HR Houston
Salary Range192k - 263k$225k$225,051
Chugh
Salary Range168k - 231k$197k$197,423
VIR Biotechnology
Salary Range108k - 173k$137k$137,221
Bbi Enterprises Group
Salary Range112k - 152k$131k$130,643
City of Oakland
Salary Range110k - 146k$127k$126,873
Randstad USA
Salary Range97k - 153k$122k$121,943
Law.com
Salary Range92k - 150k$118k$117,998
Baltimore City Hall
Salary Range89k - 134k$110k$109,983
Park Place
Salary Range81k - 118k$98k$98,115
Discount Tire
Salary Range74k - 86k$80k$80,317
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    How Much Do Attorneys At Law Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for an attorney at law can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for attorneys at law tend to be found in professional, manufacturing, and hospitality companies. In fact, attorneys at law can make a yearly salary of $151,757 while working for professional companies.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Professional

    Salary Range121k - 189k$152k$151,757

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range107k - 157k$131k$130,562

    Hospitality

    Salary Range103k - 161k$129k$129,304

    Health Care

    Salary Range100k - 160k$127k$126,865

    Finance

    Salary Range89k - 145k$114k$114,139
    $89k
    $189k

    How Experience Affects Attorney At Law Salaries

    The salary for an attorney at law can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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