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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Lawyer Salary

$118,390 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

$56.92 hourly

Entry level Salary
$61,000 yearly
$61,000
10 %
$118,390
Median
$229,000
90 %

How much does a Lawyer make?

Lawyers make $118,390 per year on average, or $56.92 per hour, in the United States. Lawyers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $61,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $229,000.

Location impacts how much a lawyer can expect to make. Lawyers make the most in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, North Dakota, and Washington.

Highest Paying States For Lawyers

Lawyer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New York$149,721$71.98147
2District of Columbia$156,767$75.3778
3Massachusetts$140,946$67.7678
4North Dakota$132,672$63.784
5Maine$124,520$59.877
6Washington$131,375$63.1636
7New Hampshire$130,127$62.566
8Minnesota$121,732$58.5230
9New Jersey$119,499$57.4541
10Connecticut$135,514$65.158
11California$117,323$56.41192
12Michigan$112,981$54.3235
13Illinois$112,854$54.2658
14Virginia$116,252$55.8938
15Vermont$126,148$60.651
16Pennsylvania$115,441$55.5033
17Wisconsin$103,887$49.9525
18Oregon$103,151$49.5925
19Colorado$111,207$53.4625
20Ohio$104,575$50.2830
21Rhode Island$104,394$50.194
22North Carolina$96,411$46.3530
23South Dakota$103,281$49.651
24Montana$89,554$43.0510
25Texas$89,434$43.00121
26Mississippi$98,494$47.353
27Delaware$101,436$48.773
28Alaska$95,137$45.743
29Missouri$88,178$42.3931
30West Virginia$94,174$45.281
31Georgia$88,037$42.3355
32Utah$94,290$45.337
33Nebraska$91,589$44.036
34New Mexico$93,151$44.785
35Maryland$95,046$45.7020
36Iowa$91,099$43.804
37Florida$82,404$39.62177
38Tennessee$86,493$41.5816
39Idaho$86,893$41.785
40Louisiana$79,340$38.1417
41Wyoming$75,861$36.4721
42Kentucky$85,968$41.339
43Indiana$83,364$40.0821
44Nevada$89,803$43.171
45Arizona$81,039$38.9623
46South Carolina$66,965$32.1923
47Alabama$82,867$39.846
48Oklahoma$79,364$38.169
49Kansas$80,185$38.553
50Arkansas$64,419$30.978
51Hawaii$57,540$27.662

Highest Paying Cities For Lawyers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Washington, DC$170,980$82.20
2White Plains, NY$162,221$77.99
3Boston, MA$152,469$73.30
4Seattle, WA$137,871$66.28
5San Francisco, CA$134,175$64.51
6Alexandria, VA$126,355$60.75
7Minneapolis, MN$125,558$60.36
8Fort Lee, NJ$122,913$59.09
9Glenview, IL$117,162$56.33
10Philadelphia, PA$116,715$56.11
11Detroit, MI$114,890$55.24
12Salt Lake City, UT$94,797$45.58
13Rockville, MD$94,612$45.49
14Dallas, TX$90,780$43.64
15Atlanta, GA$88,913$42.75

Lawyer Salary Details

Lawyer Salary

What is a Lawyer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$229,000$19,083$110
75th Percentile$167,000$13,917$80
Average$118,390$9,866$57
25th Percentile$83,000$6,917$40
10th Percentile$61,000$5,083$29

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Document Review Attorney$84,725$7,060$40.739,393
Attorney$86,966$7,247$41.8110,991
Contract Attorney$88,179$7,348$42.3913,592
Housing Counselor$97,941$8,162$47.0933,639
Legal Consultant$82,569$6,881$39.7016,118
General Counsel$122,795$10,233$59.0450,275

Which Companies Pay Lawyers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, White & Case and Davis Polk & Wardwell are the highest paying companies for lawyers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1White & Case$258,318$124.19
2Davis Polk & Wardwell$254,859$122.53
3Proskauer Rose$253,330$121.79
4Simpson Thacher & Bartlett$253,305$121.781
5Shearman & Sterling$252,613$121.457
6Milbank$252,063$121.183
7Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough$251,111$120.733
8Orrick$248,622$119.53
9Goodwin$247,057$118.786
10Sullivan & Cromwell$246,342$118.43
11Boies Schiller Flexner$245,526$118.04
12Debevoise & Plimpton$244,990$117.78
13Paul Hastings$243,651$117.14
14Weil$242,755$116.71
15O'Melveny$241,145$115.94
16Smith Gambrell & Russell$239,564$115.17
17Vinson & Elkins$239,522$115.15
18Cravath$238,812$114.81
19K&L Gates$238,211$114.52
20Foley Hoag$237,021$113.95

Lawyer Salary Trends

The salary for a 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.

Lawyer Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$68,700$33.03
Mid Level$82,900$39.86
Senior Level$174,000$83.61

Average Lawyer Salary Over Time

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

    Lawyer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$118,000$56.92+3.1%
    2021$115,000$55.14+1.7%
    2020$113,000$54.22+1.4%
    2019$111,000$53.47+0.9%
    2018$110,000$52.99+2.0%

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    Lawyer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Lawyers the most?

    New York pays Lawyers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $156,767 per year, or $75.37 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Lawyer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Lawyer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in New York you should be paid close to $149,721 per year.

    What type of Lawyer gets paid the most?

    Legal Counsel gets paid the most. Legal Counsel made a median salary of $131,667. The best-paid 10 percent make $164,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $105,000.

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