Lawyer Statistics in the US

The average employee age for lawyers is 45 years. The lawyer workforce reached a whopping 18,837 in 2020!

Among lawyers, we discovered that 48.5% of them are women, while 44.7% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among lawyers is White, which makes up 80.0% of all lawyers. Comparatively, there are 6.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity. Lawyers are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, lawyers are more likely to find a job in the professional industry.

From where do we know all information about lawyer demographics? We analyzed 3,330 lawyers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Lawyer Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as lawyers. Keep reading to find out what the results for lawyers were.

Lawyer Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among lawyers is White, which makes up 80.0% of all lawyers. Comparatively, there are 6.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 80.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 6.9%
  • Black or African American, 5.5%
  • Asian, 5.5%
  • Unknown, 1.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Lawyers

The chart below shows that 42.8% of lawyers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 14.4% and Portuguese is the third-most popular at 7.6%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 42.8%
  • French, 14.4%
  • Portuguese, 7.6%
  • Russian, 6.9%
  • Arabic, 5.9%
  • Other, 22.4%

Most Common Degree for Lawyer

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for lawyers. The most common degree for lawyers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 47% of lawyers earn that degree. A close second is doctoral degree with 24% and rounding it off is master's degree with 13%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 47%
  • Doctorate degree, 24%
  • Masters degree, 13%
  • Diploma degree, 3%
  • Other Degrees, 13%

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Lawyer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among lawyers.

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

Lawyer Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
71%
68%
65%
63%
60%
57%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Lawyer 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 lawyers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Lawyer

By looking over 3,330 lawyers resumes, we figured out that the average lawyer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 32%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Lawyer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of lawyer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of lawyers is 40+ years old, which represents 63% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Lawyers with Other Job Titles

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

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Veteran Appeals Reviewer15%76%
Magistrate Assistant17%78%
Surrogate17%78%
Lawyer45%49%
Trial Lawyer70%27%
Patent Examiner72%21%
Patent Attorney72%19%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Patent Attorney
Patent Examiner
Trial Lawyer
Lawyer
Surrogate
Magistrate Assistant
Veteran Appeals Reviewer
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Lawyer?

male-income
Male Income
$116,677
female-income
Female Income
$108,871

Lawyer Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and White men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$133,087
$126,960
$120,833
$114,706
$108,579
$102,452
$96,325
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Lawyer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Doctorate Degree$119,593
Master's Degree$126,960

Lawyer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$138,727
$132,844
$126,960
$121,077
$115,193
$109,310
$103,426
$97,542
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Lawyer Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a lawyer can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of lawyers is $99,719. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Lawyers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where lawyers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Lawyers Located?

By looking through more than 3,330 resumes, we found that the most popular places for lawyers are NY, New York and PA, Philadelphia.

Number of Lawyers

Lawyer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ lawyers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most lawyers is the professional industry.

Company Size

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

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Lawyer Work In

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

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Private

Public

Government

Industry Concentration

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

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Professional

Finance

Fortune 500

Technology

Retail

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