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Updated February 9, 2022
Average Law Internship Salary
$40,000 yearly
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
$19.53 hourly

Entry level Salary
$26,000 yearly
$26,000
10 %
$40,000
Median
$63,000
90 %
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What is a Law Internship's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$63,000$5,250$30
75th Percentile$51,000$4,250$25
Average$40,623$3,385$20
25th Percentile$32,000$2,667$15
10th Percentile$26,000$2,167$13

Average Law Internship Salary By State

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Law Internship average salary by State

StateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
Alabama$31,435$15.1122
Alaska$29,929$14.3915
Arizona$42,194$20.2972
Arkansas$30,392$14.6127
California$56,537$27.18474
Colorado$42,206$20.2997
Connecticut$50,464$24.2620
Delaware$52,877$25.4211
District of Columbia$74,662$35.90163
Florida$38,394$18.46335
Georgia$31,421$15.11153
Hawaii$51,256$24.6414
Idaho$43,447$20.8910
Illinois$49,045$23.58148
Indiana$25,715$12.3634
Iowa$33,352$16.0328
Kansas$37,587$18.0714
Kentucky$36,974$17.7827
Louisiana$34,745$16.7020
Maine$48,352$23.259
Maryland$40,220$19.3459
Massachusetts$57,527$27.66132
Michigan$37,433$18.0080
Minnesota$41,289$19.8583
Mississippi$31,990$15.3821
Missouri$35,097$16.8753
Montana$29,308$14.0912
Nebraska$31,583$15.1819
Nevada$51,026$24.5315
New Hampshire$46,189$22.216
New Jersey$37,754$18.15107
New Mexico$33,699$16.2011
New York$66,539$31.99207
North Carolina$36,942$17.7675
North Dakota$36,503$17.5521
Ohio$39,239$18.8663
Oklahoma$25,976$12.496
Oregon$34,896$16.7839
Pennsylvania$37,294$17.93104
Rhode Island$51,032$24.5311
South Carolina$35,976$17.3055
South Dakota$31,052$14.937
Tennessee$43,652$20.9968
Texas$34,980$16.82245
Utah$27,278$13.1121
Vermont$51,766$24.898
Virginia$40,381$19.41118
Washington$46,390$22.30126
West Virginia$40,782$19.6131
Wisconsin$26,148$12.5742
Wyoming$33,378$16.0519

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Highest Paying Cities For Law Internship

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CityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
Washington, DC$74,724$35.92
New York, NY$67,015$32.22
San Francisco, CA$57,942$27.86
Boston, MA$57,371$27.58
Olympia, WA$47,885$23.02
Bloomington, IL$47,311$22.75

How much does a Law Internship make?

  • The average Law Internship makes $40,623 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a Law Internship is $19.53.
  • The average entry-level Law Internship salary is $26,000.
  • Highest paying states for Law Internship are New York ($66,539), Massachusetts ($57,527), California ($66,539) and Delaware ($66,539).
  • Highest paying cities for Law Internship are Boston, MA ($74,724), New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA and Olympia, WA.
  • Law Interns on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $26,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $63,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $51,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $32,000
  • Industries with the highest Law Internship salaries are Professional, Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical.

Average Law Internship Salary Over Time

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

    Law Internship Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$40,600$19.53+6.1%
    2021$38,200$18.34+0.9%
    2020$37,800$18.18+4.1%
    2019$36,300$17.43-0.8%
    2018$36,600$17.58+2.0%

    How Much Do Law Interns Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, Law Internship salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that Professional, Manufacturing, and Pharmaceutical companies tend to offer much higher salaries for Law Interns. For example, Law Interns make a whopping average salary of $72,185 while working for Professional companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $48,556 at Manufacturing companies and $48,442 at Pharmaceutical companies. But Law Interns may want to avoid working in the Government industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $46,518.

    Highest Paying Industries For Law Interns

    RankIndustryAverage Law Internship SalaryLaw Internship Salary Range
    1Professional
    $72,185
    $39k
    $111k
    2Manufacturing
    $48,556
    $39k
    $111k
    3Pharmaceutical
    $48,442
    $39k
    $111k
    4Government
    $46,518
    $39k
    $111k

    High Paying Law Internship Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Law Internship Salary
    Staff Attorneys are legal employees who work for a variety of organizations, often as full-time employees. They use their legal expertise to help deal with day-to-day legal issues with which their organization needs regular assistance.
    Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $46,712

    Paralegals are law firm or legal department employees who work on cases with lawyers. They handle different activities, usually administrative or clerical, such as organizing and maintaining files, updating records, and managing correspondences, among others. Paralegals also handle different activities directly related to active cases being worked on by lawyers in the firm or department. They assist lawyers on cases by preparing materials needed for trials, conducting legal research, verifying trial facts, helping during interviews, getting statements from those involved in the case, and creating presentation materials. Paralegals should have knowledge of laws and should be familiar with landmark cases.
    Contractor-Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $59,524

    A Contractor-Paralegal works for a law firm or corporate legal department for a specified amount of time, or for a specified task. They can be specialized in the entertainment industry or in providing services to healthcare companies and insurance providers.
    Attorney At Law

    Avg. salary: $122,285

    An Attorney at Law is responsible for preparing and examining contracts involving leases, licenses, purchases, sales, etc. They advise clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, or legal rights and obligations.
    Litigation Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $54,098

    A litigation paralegal is a specialist who is responsible for assisting attorneys throughout the trial process. On the plaintiff side, litigation paralegals conduct initial client interviews and legal research for case preparations. They assist with the preliminary examinations of witnesses and jury selection in the courtroom. Litigation paralegals often assist attorneys with case settlements and help identify issues for appeals. They must also possess excellent skills in verbal and written communication and should have great attention in detail.
    Attorney

    Avg. salary: $86,965

    Generally, an attorney's responsibility is to advise the client with an ongoing lawsuit on the legal procedures and provide strategies to resolve the case as early as possible. An attorney compiles necessary documents or any records for appeal and client's defense. Attorneys must acquire strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to mediate disputes and settle pending litigation for the client's best interest. In some cases, an attorney's procedure depends on any evidence and research presented during the trial period. An attorney is expected to present clients on legal proceedings, seeking justice and justifying the law.
    Staff Attorney

    Avg. salary: $90,012

    Staff Attorneys are legal employees who work for a variety of organizations, often as full-time employees. They use their legal expertise to help deal with day-to-day legal issues with which their organization needs regular assistance.

    Average Salary By Related Field

    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Paralegal$46,712$3,893$22.465,647
    Contractor-Paralegal$59,524$4,960$28.6218,160
    Attorney At Law$122,285$10,190$58.799,535
    Litigation Paralegal$54,098$4,508$26.015,597
    Attorney$86,966$7,247$41.8114,444
    Staff Attorney$90,013$7,501$43.2875,750
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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
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    Average Law Internship Salary by Demographic

    Law Internship Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $46,018
    female-income
    Female Income
    $50,019
    GenderIncome
    Male$46,018
    Female$50,019
    Median Law Internship Income by Race
    Black or African American Law Interns have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or Latino Law Interns have the lowest average salary at $42,724.
    $55,000
    $44,000
    $33,000
    $22,000
    $11,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino

    Law Internship Income by Race

    EthnicitySalary
    White$45,715
    Black or African American$50,459
    Asian$50,051
    Hispanic or Latino$42,724
    Average Law Internship Salary by Education Level
    $55,000
    $44,000
    $33,000
    $22,000
    $11,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree

    Law Internship Salary by Education Level

    EducationSalary
    Master's Degree$46,969
    Bachelor's Degree$35,007
    Doctorate Degree$50,019