Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for contract attorneys in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 235,839 contract attorneys currently employed in the United States.
  • 49.1% of all contract attorneys are women, while 50.9% are men.
  • The average age of an employed contract attorney is 46 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of contract attorneys is White (75.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (7.7%), Asian (6.3%) and Black or African American (5.5%).
  • Contract attorneys are most in-demand in Atlanta, GA.
  • San Ramon, CA pays an annual average wage of $116,000, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 94% of what men earned.
  • California is the best state for contract attorneys to live.
  • Contract attorneys are 78% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Contract Attorney Statistics By Gender

49.1% of contract attorneys are women and 50.9% of contract attorneys are men.

  • Male, 50.9%
  • Female, 49.1%

Contract Attorneys By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male50.9%
Female49.1%

Gender Pay Gap For Contract Attorney

Women Earn 94¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$85,019
female-income
Female Income
$80,146

Contract Attorney Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the contract attorney position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Contract Attorney Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201057.99%42.01%
201157.18%42.82%
201257.00%43.00%
201356.37%43.63%
201456.28%43.72%
201553.60%46.40%
201653.50%46.50%
201753.61%46.39%
201854.01%45.99%
201953.29%46.71%
202051.38%48.62%
202150.95%49.05%

Contract Attorney Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, patent examiner and patent attorney have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Veteran Appeals Reviewer17%83%
Guardian Ad Litem18%82%
Surrogate18%82%
Contract Attorney51%49%
Patent Analyst72%28%
Patent Attorney79%21%
Patent Examiner81%19%

Contract Attorney Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among contract attorneys is White, which makes up 75.9% of all contract attorneys. Comparatively, there are 7.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 6.3% of the Asian ethnicity.

  • White, 75.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.7%
  • Asian, 6.3%
  • Black or African American, 5.5%
  • Unknown, 4.4%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Contract Attorney Race

Contract Attorney RacePercentages
White75.9%
Hispanic or Latino7.7%
Asian6.3%
Black or African American5.5%
Unknown4.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.2%

Contract Attorney Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among contract attorneys.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Contract Attorney Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201082.52%5.05%4.71%5.90%
201182.29%5.36%4.87%5.73%
201282.37%4.99%5.04%5.92%
201382.12%5.07%5.08%5.65%
201481.46%5.58%5.31%5.80%
201581.37%5.23%5.40%6.22%
201680.80%5.30%5.55%6.50%
201780.83%5.27%5.52%6.27%
201880.19%5.45%5.45%6.89%
201979.72%5.43%5.83%6.95%
202077.20%5.33%6.14%7.10%
202175.86%5.47%6.30%7.69%

Contract Attorney Wage Gap By Race

Asian contract attorneys have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american contract attorneys have the lowest average salary at $81,271.
$92,000
$90,000
$88,000
$86,000
$84,000
$82,000
$80,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$84,329
White$86,647
Black or African American$81,271
Asian$90,562
Hispanic or Latino$82,596

Average Age of a Contract Attorney

We determined the average age of contract attorneys based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Contract Attorney Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4644
Unknown4640
Asian4140.5
Hispanic or Latino4339
White4844
American Indian and Alaska Native5150

Contract Attorney Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of contract attorney employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of contract attorneys is 40+ years old, which represents 67% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Contract Attorney Age

Contract Attorney YearsPercentages
40+ years67%
30-40 years29%
20-30 years4%

Types of Contract Attorney Degree Levels

The most common degree for contract attorneys is doctoral degree 57% of contract attorneys earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 36% and rounding it off is master's degree with 6%.

  • Doctorate, 57%
  • Bachelors, 36%
  • Masters, 6%
  • Associate, 1%
  • Other Degrees, 0%

Contract Attorneys By Education

Contract Attorney DegreePercentages
Doctorate57%
Bachelors36%
Masters6%
Associate1%
Other Degrees0%

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Contract Attorney Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where contract attorneys work. We found most contract attorneys work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most contract attorneys is the professional industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire contract attorneys.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Contract Attorney Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees6%
50 - 100 employees11%
100 - 500 employees19%
500 - 1,000 employees13%
1,000 - 10,000 employees34%
> 10,000 employees16%

The Types Of Companies Contract Attorney Work In

Employees with the contract attorney job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most contract attorneys prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Public

Private

Government

Contract Attorney Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education0%
Public18%
Private78%
Government4%

Top Industries Hiring Contract Attorneys

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ contract attorneys. Those industries include professional, manufacturing and finance.

Professional

Fortune 500

Finance

Manufacturing

Technology

Contract Attorney Turnover And Employment Statistics

Contract Attorney Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of contract attorneys changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Contract Attorney Unemployment Rate By Year

YearContract Attorney Unemployment Rate
20102.19%
20111.85%
20121.64%
20131.90%
20141.57%
20151.34%
20161.09%
20171.17%
20181.10%
20191.16%
20201.33%
20211.55%

The Average Number of Years That Contract Attorney Stay in a Job

By looking over 14,370 contract attorneys resumes, we figured out that the average contract attorney enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 50%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Contract Attorney Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year50%
1-2 years23%
3-4 years6%
5-7 years10%
8-10 years5%
11+ years5%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Contract Attorneys with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to contract attorneys.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
State Appellate Clerk5.54%66,802
Litigation Legal Assistant6.63%9,152
Title Junior Assistant8.14%12,219
Court Reporter9.12%2,329
Contract Attorney10.48%-
Legislative Aide14.16%40,281

Contract Attorney LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
State Appellate Clerk5.54%66,802
Litigation Legal Assistant6.63%9,152
Title Junior Assistant8.14%12,219
Court Reporter9.12%2,329
Legislative Aide14.16%40,281

Foreign Languages Spoken By Contract Attorneys

The most common foreign language among contract attorneys is Spanish at 39.8%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 16.1% and German is the third-most popular at 5.8%.

  • Spanish, 39.8%
  • French, 16.1%
  • German, 5.8%
  • Mandarin, 5.5%
  • Portuguese, 5.4%
  • Other, 27.4%

Contract Attorney Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish39.8%
French16.1%
German5.8%
Mandarin5.5%
Portuguese5.4%
Other27.4%

Contract Attorney Jobs

Contract Attorney Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a contract attorney can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of contract attorneys is $143,189. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Contract Attorneys Earn The Most?

Contract attorneys earn the most in California, where the average contract attorney salary is $112,899. The map here shows where contract attorneys earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Contract Attorneys?

By looking through more than 14,370 resumes, we found that the most popular places for contract attorneys are New York, NY and Washington, DC.

Number of Contract Attorneys

Number Of Contract Attorney Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California593$112,899
2Florida331$69,186
3Texas313$78,231
4New York230$107,291
5Illinois191$79,231
6District of Columbia160$103,928
7North Carolina154$62,929
8Virginia148$77,170
9Massachusetts147$94,199
10Georgia121$68,270
11Maryland119$87,993
12Minnesota113$71,402
13Colorado102$77,424
14Pennsylvania101$73,214
15New Jersey100$75,906
16Washington94$71,763
17Arizona91$69,933
18Michigan72$61,173
19Ohio67$57,205
20Missouri66$53,335
21Tennessee56$59,139
22Wisconsin55$60,236
23Indiana55$51,425
24Utah52$74,766
25Alabama43$60,310
26Oregon42$80,282
27Louisiana41$69,295
28South Carolina38$51,660
29Kansas37$55,723
30Connecticut36$91,285
31Wyoming28$52,405
32Nebraska23$60,022
33Kentucky22$68,671
34Idaho20$60,902
35Oklahoma20$59,139
36Iowa20$57,372
37New Mexico19$89,836
38Montana19$66,138
39Nevada16$76,434
40New Hampshire14$84,356
41Arkansas13$49,910
42Hawaii11$69,691
43Delaware10$71,859
44Maine9$81,435
45Rhode Island8$84,512
46Alaska8$69,232
47West Virginia8$66,358
48Mississippi7$84,875
49North Dakota6$83,161
50Vermont5$85,130
51South Dakota4$61,080

Contract Attorney Demographics FAQs

How Many Contract Attorney Are There In The Us?

There are over 235,839 Contract Attorneys in the United States.

What Percentage Of Contract Attorneys Are Black?

5.5% of Contract Attorneys are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Contract Attorneys?

Most a are White, with 75.9% of Contract Attorneys belonging to this ethnicity. 7.7% of Contract Attorneys are Hispanic or Latino, 6.3% of Contract Attorneys are Asian, 5.5% of Contract Attorneys are Black or African American, 4.4% of Contract Attorneys are Unknown, and 0.2% of Contract Attorneys are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Contract Attorney Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Contract Attorney jobs are male - dominated. 50% of Contract Attorneys are male, and 49% are female, so there are more male Contract Attorneys than female Contract Attorneys in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Contract Attorney?

The average Contract Attorney is 46 years old. 67% of Contract Attorneys are 40+ years old or older, 29% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 4% are between 20-30 years old

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