Updated August 22, 2022

Average Attorney Salary

$109,476yearly

To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More
$52.63 hourly

Entry level Salary
$69,000 yearly
$69,000
10 %
$109,476
Median
$172,000
90 %

How much does an Attorney make?

Attorneys make $109,476 per year on average, or $52.63 per hour, in the United States. Attorneys on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $69,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $172,000.

Location impacts how much an attorney can expect to make. Attorneys make the most in New York, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Virginia.

Highest Paying States For Attorneys

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

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Attorney average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New York$130,648$62.81447
2District of Columbia$127,172$61.14229
3California$125,659$60.41694
4Massachusetts$115,902$55.72189
5Delaware$100,929$48.5219
6Virginia$105,281$50.62138
7New Jersey$101,074$48.59123
8Connecticut$107,945$51.9033
9Arizona$93,188$44.80101
10Texas$89,493$43.03419
11New Mexico$101,051$48.5818
12New Hampshire$95,225$45.7820
13North Dakota$97,400$46.839
14Colorado$92,676$44.5694
15Mississippi$100,358$48.256
16Illinois$91,646$44.06176
17Maine$91,820$44.1415
18Vermont$95,743$46.037
19Washington$90,337$43.43101
20Rhode Island$94,525$45.445
21Georgia$83,232$40.02154
22Nevada$87,667$42.1521
23Oregon$86,676$41.6752
24Pennsylvania$82,538$39.68142
25Minnesota$79,839$38.38118
26Maryland$91,546$44.0170
27Florida$79,287$38.12360
28Kentucky$85,827$41.2624
29Louisiana$80,971$38.9336
30Montana$73,818$35.4928
31North Carolina$77,681$37.35119
32Michigan$77,633$37.3294
33West Virginia$81,422$39.154
34Ohio$72,939$35.07140
35Nebraska$73,161$35.1733
36Tennessee$76,057$36.5748
37Utah$77,132$37.0825
38South Dakota$74,217$35.684
39Missouri$68,519$32.9481
40Wyoming$59,905$28.8025
41Alaska$73,407$35.298
42Wisconsin$70,932$34.1055
43Alabama$72,110$34.6715
44Iowa$71,048$34.1626
45Arkansas$59,520$28.6235
46Hawaii$71,690$34.476
47Oklahoma$69,240$33.2923
48Idaho$65,019$31.2618
49Kansas$66,610$32.0224
50South Carolina$62,861$30.2246
51Indiana$64,013$30.7859

Highest Paying Cities For Attorneys

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1White Plains, NY$131,713$63.32
2Menlo Park, CA$131,426$63.19
3Washington, DC$127,954$61.52
4Boston, MA$116,134$55.83
5Arlington, VA$105,744$50.84
6Phoenix, AZ$93,309$44.86
7Denver, CO$92,617$44.53
8Chicago, IL$91,916$44.19
9Baltimore, MD$91,715$44.09
10Austin, TX$91,119$43.81
11Seattle, WA$90,824$43.67
12Las Vegas, NV$88,398$42.50
13Portland, OR$86,152$41.42
14Atlanta, GA$83,375$40.08
15Philadelphia, PA$83,048$39.93

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. White Plains, NY
  2. Menlo Park, CA
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Arlington, VA

Attorney Salary Details

Average Attorney Salary Graph
Average Attorney Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is an Attorney's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$172,000$14,333$83
75th Percentile$139,000$11,583$67
Average$109,476$9,123$53
25th Percentile$86,000$7,167$41
10th Percentile$69,000$5,750$33

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Law Clerk$55,916$4,660$26.8875,014
Lawyer$115,808$9,651$55.682,897
Housing Counselor$78,730$6,561$37.8533,639
Legal Consultant$75,024$6,252$36.0716,118
General Counsel$125,248$10,437$60.2250,275
Law Internship$39,394$3,283$18.9451,663

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Which Companies Pay Attorneys The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Thompson Coburn and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner are the highest paying companies for attorneys.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Thompson Coburn$238,940$114.88
2Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner$237,704$114.282
3The Bar Association of San Francisco$234,608$112.79
4Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough$230,729$110.939
5Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld$226,637$108.961
6Haynes and Boone$222,358$106.90
7Reed Smith$221,913$106.69
8Vinson & Elkins$218,287$104.95
9Davis Wright Tremaine$216,247$103.96
10Hughes Hubbard & Reed$215,418$103.57
11Nossaman$214,878$103.31
12Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner$214,285$103.02
13Nixon Peabody$210,293$101.10
14alliantgroup$207,900$99.95
15Van Ness Feldman$207,777$99.892
16Simpson Thacher & Bartlett$206,706$99.381
17Snell & Wilmer$206,440$99.25
18Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman$206,071$99.075
19Manatt, Phelps & Phillips$205,862$98.97
20Boies Schiller Flexner$204,835$98.48

Attorney Salary Trends

The salary for an attorney 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.

Attorney Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$63,500$30.55
Mid Level$76,700$36.86
Senior Level$161,000$77.32

Average Attorney Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Attorney Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$109,000$52.63+3.1%
    2021$106,000$50.99+1.7%
    2020$104,000$50.14+1.4%
    2019$103,000$49.45+0.9%
    2018$102,000$49.00+2.0%

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    Attorney Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Attorneys the most?

    New York pays Attorneys the most in the United States, with an average salary of $130,648 per year, or $62.81 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as an Attorney?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Attorney if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in District of Columbia you should be paid close to $127,172 per year.

    What type of Attorney gets paid the most?

    General Counsel gets paid the most. General Counsel made a median salary of $125,248. The best-paid 10 percent make $163,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $95,000.

    What is a good starting salary for an Attorney?

    A good starting salary for an attorney is $50,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for an attorney in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for attorneys is $86,966, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for an attorney can vary by state.

    Do lawyers actually make good money?

    Yes, lawyers actually make good money, but it takes time. The average median salary for a lawyer is $86,000 a year, with the top 25% earning an average of $186,300 a year. However, a lawyer just starting should expect to be making a lot less.

    How much do lawyers make at the most?

    Lawyers make over a million dollars a year at the most. The average median salary, however, for a lawyer is only $86,000 a year. The top 25% earn an average of $186,300 a year. The amount of money you make largely depends on the type of lawyer you are.

    How much does a legal professional earn?

    Legal professionals earn different average salaries depending on their specific position; however, the average salary for a lawyer is around $120,000 in a year. Lawyers made a median salary of $123,000, the best-paid 25% earned $186,000 per year, while the lowest-paid 25% made $81,000 in a year.

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