Average Criminal Justice Lawyer Salary
$49,000 yearly
$17.50 hourly
Updated July 28, 2021
$37,000
10 %
$49,000
Median
$65,000
90 %
Criminal justice lawyers in the United States make an average salary of $49,410 per year or $23.75 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $37,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $65,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Connecticut provide the highest criminal justice lawyer salaries.

Average Criminal Justice Lawyer Salary By State

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

Average Salary

Criminal Justice Lawyer average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$52,648
$52,648
$25.31
$25.31
Alaska
Alaska
$64,370
$64,370
$30.95
$30.95
Arizona
Arizona
$77,048
$77,048
$37.04
$37.04
Arkansas
Arkansas
$44,687
$44,687
$21.48
$21.48
California
California
$106,992
$106,992
$51.44
$51.44
Colorado
Colorado
$75,963
$75,963
$36.52
$36.52
Connecticut
Connecticut
$74,872
$74,872
$36.00
$36.00
Delaware
Delaware
$57,859
$57,859
$27.82
$27.82
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$85,680
$85,680
$41.19
$41.19
Florida
Florida
$54,320
$54,320
$26.12
$26.12
Georgia
Georgia
$53,614
$53,614
$25.78
$25.78
Hawaii
Hawaii
$51,892
$51,892
$24.95
$24.95
Idaho
Idaho
$54,606
$54,606
$26.25
$26.25
Illinois
Illinois
$62,771
$62,771
$30.18
$30.18
Indiana
Indiana
$48,333
$48,333
$23.24
$23.24
Iowa
Iowa
$58,000
$58,000
$27.88
$27.88
Kansas
Kansas
$45,502
$45,502
$21.88
$21.88
Kentucky
Kentucky
$48,375
$48,375
$23.26
$23.26
Louisiana
Louisiana
$52,846
$52,846
$25.41
$25.41
Maine
Maine
$69,094
$69,094
$33.22
$33.22
Maryland
Maryland
$53,769
$53,769
$25.85
$25.85
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$65,040
$65,040
$31.27
$31.27
Michigan
Michigan
$53,477
$53,477
$25.71
$25.71
Minnesota
Minnesota
$61,118
$61,118
$29.38
$29.38
Mississippi
Mississippi
$48,768
$48,768
$23.45
$23.45
Missouri
Missouri
$57,782
$57,782
$27.78
$27.78
Montana
Montana
$43,294
$43,294
$20.81
$20.81
Nebraska
Nebraska
$52,066
$52,066
$25.03
$25.03
Nevada
Nevada
$64,030
$64,030
$30.78
$30.78
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$59,218
$59,218
$28.47
$28.47
New Jersey
New Jersey
$59,912
$59,912
$28.80
$28.80
New Mexico
New Mexico
$68,561
$68,561
$32.96
$32.96
New York
New York
$71,315
$71,315
$34.29
$34.29
North Carolina
North Carolina
$56,979
$56,979
$27.39
$27.39
North Dakota
North Dakota
$61,352
$61,352
$29.50
$29.50
Ohio
Ohio
$55,046
$55,046
$26.46
$26.46
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$49,695
$49,695
$23.89
$23.89
Oregon
Oregon
$63,835
$63,835
$30.69
$30.69
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$63,709
$63,709
$30.63
$30.63
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$56,448
$56,448
$27.14
$27.14
South Carolina
South Carolina
$40,150
$40,150
$19.30
$19.30
South Dakota
South Dakota
$52,583
$52,583
$25.28
$25.28
Tennessee
Tennessee
$51,994
$51,994
$25.00
$25.00
Texas
Texas
$70,729
$70,729
$34.00
$34.00
Utah
Utah
$50,527
$50,527
$24.29
$24.29
Vermont
Vermont
$66,462
$66,462
$31.95
$31.95
Virginia
Virginia
$61,850
$61,850
$29.74
$29.74
Washington
Washington
$83,463
$83,463
$40.13
$40.13
West Virginia
West Virginia
$50,641
$50,641
$24.35
$24.35
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$58,150
$58,150
$27.96
$27.96
Wyoming
Wyoming
$44,670
$44,670
$21.48
$21.48

Highest Paying Cities For Criminal Justice Lawyer

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$123,532
$123,532
$59.39
$59.39
Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
$84,812
$84,812
$40.77
$40.77
Fort Collins, CO
Fort Collins, CO
$74,512
$74,512
$35.82
$35.82
West Des Moines, IA
West Des Moines, IA
$57,616
$57,616
$27.70
$27.70
Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee, FL
$57,221
$57,221
$27.51
$27.51
Marietta, GA
Marietta, GA
$54,204
$54,204
$26.06
$26.06

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    Avg. salary: $90,020

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    Staff Attorney

    Avg. salary: $96,402

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    31,669 Staff Attorney Jobs
    Litigation Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $50,725

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    5,679 Litigation Paralegal Jobs
    Litigation Attorney

    Avg. salary: $141,870

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    Contract Attorney

    Avg. salary: $82,804

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    Avg. salary: $108,074

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    Criminal Justice Lawyer Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a criminal justice lawyer 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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    Company

    Recently Added Criminal Justice Lawyer Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Coordinator, Criminal Justice Programs
    Coordinator, Criminal Justice Programs
    Avon Park, FL
    Avon Park, FL
    06/03/2021
    06/03/2021
    $55,000
    $55,000
    06/03/2021
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Criminal Justice Info Consultant I
    Criminal Justice Info Consultant I
    Criminal Justice Info Consultant I
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    05/24/2021
    05/24/2021
    $40,948
    $40,948
    05/24/2021
    Florida Department of Corrections
    Florida Department of Corrections
    Criminal Justice Info Consultant I
    Criminal Justice Info Consultant I
    Criminal Justice Info Consultant I
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    05/24/2021
    05/24/2021
    $40,948
    $40,948
    05/24/2021
    City of Denver
    City of Denver
    Diversion and Criminal Justice Officer
    Diversion and Criminal Justice Officer
    Diversion and Criminal Justice Officer
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    05/01/2021
    05/01/2021
    $49,900
    $49,900
    05/01/2021
    Mc Human Resources Personnel Dept
    Mc Human Resources Personnel Dept
    Criminal Justice Officer, Criminal Justice Officer, Deputy SHE
    Criminal Justice Officer, Criminal Justice Officer, Deputy SHE
    Criminal Justice Officer, Criminal Justice Officer, Deputy SHE
    Grand Junction, CO
    Grand Junction, CO
    03/31/2020
    03/31/2020
    $59,354
    $59,354
    03/31/2020
    Criminal Justice Lawyer
    Criminal Justice Lawyer
    West Des Moines, IA
    West Des Moines, IA
    01/24/2020
    01/24/2020
    $29,218
    $29,218
    01/24/2020
    United States Courts
    United States Courts
    Criminal Justice Lawyer
    Criminal Justice Lawyer
    Criminal Justice Lawyer
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    01/17/2020
    01/17/2020
    $117,203
    $117,203
    01/17/2020
    Us District Court Eastern District
    Us District Court Eastern District
    Criminal Justice Lawyer
    Criminal Justice Lawyer
    Criminal Justice Lawyer
    Spokane, WA
    Spokane, WA
    11/30/2019
    11/30/2019
    $83,834
    $83,834
    11/30/2019
    Criminal Justice Lawyer
    Criminal Justice Lawyer
    Fort Collins, CO
    Fort Collins, CO
    11/28/2019
    11/28/2019
    $113,045
    $113,045
    11/28/2019
    State of Louisiana
    State of Louisiana
    Criminal Justice Lawyer
    Criminal Justice Lawyer
    Criminal Justice Lawyer
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Baton Rouge, LA
    11/26/2019
    11/26/2019
    $83,408
    $83,408
    11/26/2019

    Average Criminal Justice Lawyer Salary by Demographic

    Criminal Justice Lawyer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $45,311
    female-income
    Female Income
    $43,124
    Median Criminal Justice Lawyer Income by Race
    Asian criminal justice lawyers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american criminal justice lawyers have the lowest average salary at $42,351.
    $48,000
    $47,000
    $46,000
    $45,000
    $44,000
    $43,000
    $42,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$44,952
    Black or African American$42,351
    Asian$46,983
    Unknown$44,262
    Hispanic or Latino$42,541
    Average Criminal Justice Lawyer Salary by Education Level
    $46,000
    $45,000
    $44,000
    $43,000
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$45,311
    Doctorate Degree$43,416