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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Legal Extern Salary

$55,979 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

$26.91 hourly

Entry level Salary
$26,000 yearly
$26,000
10 %
$55,979
Median
$116,000
90 %

How much does a Legal Extern make?

Legal externs make $55,979 per year on average, or $26.91 per hour, in the United States. Legal externs on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $26,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $116,000.

Location impacts how much a legal extern can expect to make. Legal externs make the most in California, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

Highest Paying States For Legal Externs

The darker areas on the map show where legal externs earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Legal Extern average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1District of Columbia$99,655$47.91238
2New York$77,861$37.43357
3West Virginia$69,413$33.3761
4California$80,560$38.73771
5Illinois$71,321$34.29219
6Texas$71,958$34.60389
7Pennsylvania$73,518$35.35146
8New Jersey$69,716$33.52157
9Maryland$73,199$35.19111
10New Hampshire$67,925$32.6632
11Connecticut$75,603$36.3537
12Virginia$65,589$31.53173
13Mississippi$55,675$26.7758
14North Dakota$55,765$26.8126
15Georgia$57,631$27.71228
16Vermont$62,358$29.9812
17Nevada$63,883$30.7123
18Washington$59,405$28.56145
19Arizona$56,993$27.40106
20Maine$62,710$30.1513
21Oregon$61,506$29.5748
22Delaware$61,081$29.3715
23Nebraska$56,258$27.0533
24Michigan$53,463$25.70166
25Massachusetts$55,815$26.83203
26Colorado$53,333$25.64137
27Rhode Island$55,583$26.7214
28North Carolina$51,679$24.85148
29Arkansas$49,977$24.0340
30Utah$54,583$26.2428
31Minnesota$51,082$24.56117
32Tennessee$45,474$21.86114
33Hawaii$56,996$27.4013
34Ohio$52,092$25.0498
35New Mexico$52,994$25.4818
36Wyoming$43,208$20.7735
37Florida$43,244$20.79662
38Kentucky$45,814$22.0372
39Alaska$42,867$20.6118
40Missouri$44,457$21.37100
41Oklahoma$48,663$23.4024
42Montana$38,379$18.4531
43Wisconsin$45,405$21.8362
44Kansas$46,605$22.4127
45South Dakota$46,069$22.1510
46South Carolina$42,580$20.4775
47Louisiana$42,475$20.4241
48Iowa$43,661$20.9940
49Alabama$42,025$20.2032
50Indiana$38,805$18.6672
51Idaho$33,118$15.9218

Highest Paying Cities For Legal Externs

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Washington, DC$101,496$48.80
2San Francisco, CA$86,580$41.63
3New York, NY$78,895$37.93
4Hartford, CT$74,723$35.92
5San Antonio, TX$74,562$35.85
6Philadelphia, PA$74,303$35.72
7Baltimore, MD$73,566$35.37
8Chicago, IL$71,920$34.58
9Cherry Hill, NJ$69,840$33.58
10McLean, VA$69,475$33.40
11Seattle, WA$60,055$28.87
12Atlanta, GA$57,688$27.73
13Tucson, AZ$57,298$27.55
14Marlborough, MA$55,358$26.61
15Denver, CO$53,260$25.61

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Washington, DC
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. New York, NY
  4. Hartford, CT
  5. San Antonio, TX

Legal Extern Salary Details

Legal Extern Salary

What is a Legal Extern's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$116,000$9,667$56
75th Percentile$82,000$6,833$39
Average$55,979$4,665$27
25th Percentile$38,000$3,167$18
10th Percentile$26,000$2,167$13

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Housing Counselor$97,941$8,162$47.0933,639
Attorney At Law$122,285$10,190$58.797,025
District Attorney$57,138$4,761$27.4713,378
Attorney$86,966$7,247$41.8110,991
Contract Attorney$88,179$7,348$42.3913,592
General Counsel$122,795$10,233$59.0450,275

Which Companies Pay Legal Externs The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Jones Day and eBay are the highest paying companies for legal externs.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Jones Day$200,562$96.42
2eBay$144,063$69.262
3Medline$141,702$68.13
4AbbVie$134,170$64.50
5Qorvo$103,424$49.722
6Formlabs$102,537$49.301
7Fortinet$97,174$46.721
8Novelis$94,208$45.293
9Red Hat$89,449$43.004
10Bloom Energy$84,711$40.73
11Advance Auto Parts$76,202$36.648
12Revlon$75,225$36.17
13Oracle$75,021$36.0747
14Ball$74,783$35.95
15Algolia$72,263$34.74
16Barnes Group$72,254$34.74
17Dolby Laboratories$71,927$34.581
18Tastemade$70,513$33.90
19Federal Reserve$69,235$33.29
20Citizens Bank of Amsterdam$68,106$32.74

How Much Do Legal Externs Make In Different Industries?

Legal extern salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the professional, manufacturing, and finance industries tend to offer much higher salaries for legal externs. For example, legal externs make a whopping average salary of $73,649 while working in the professional industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $63,055 in the manufacturing industry and $56,966 in the finance industry.

Legal externs may want to avoid working in the government industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $47,145.

Highest Paying Industries For Legal Externs

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Professional$73,649$35.41
2Manufacturing$63,055$30.31
3Finance$56,966$27.39
4Media$53,501$25.72
5Non Profits$49,532$23.81
6Government$47,145$22.67

High Paying Legal Extern Jobs

Legal Extern Salary Trends

The salary for a legal extern 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.

Legal Extern Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$32,500$15.62
Mid Level$39,200$18.85
Senior Level$82,200$39.54

Average Legal Extern Salary Over Time

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

    Legal Extern Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$56,000$26.91+3.1%
    2021$54,200$26.07+1.7%
    2020$53,300$25.64+1.4%
    2019$52,600$25.28+0.9%
    2018$52,100$25.05+2.0%

    Recently Added Legal Extern Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    American Civil Liberties UnionLegal Intern, Immigrant Rights Project (SF)San Francisco, CA05/31/2022$38,756
    Hitachi Data SystemsLegal InternEnglewood, CO05/28/2022$31,305
    State of IndianaLegal InternIndianapolis, IN05/18/2022$27,569
    VOXX InternationalLegal Summer InternHauppauge, NY05/14/2022$31,305
    Great American Insurance GroupClaims Legal Intern-Summer 2022Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ05/12/2022$52,801
    National Women's Soccer LeagueLegal Intern (Fall 2022)Chicago, IL05/11/2022$31,305
    Young BrothersSummer Intern 2022-LegalUrban Honolulu, HI05/10/2022$56,349
    American Civil Liberties UnionFall 2022 Legal Intern, Racial Justice ProgramNew York, NY05/09/2022$38,756
    Northrop GrummanLegal Intern-Law ClerkFalls Church, VA05/09/2022$61,045
    Revision EnergyLegal Department InternshipSouth Portland, ME05/08/2022$31,305

    Legal Extern Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Legal Externs the most?

    California pays Legal Externs the most in the United States, with an average salary of $99,655 per year, or $47.91 per hour.

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

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Legal Extern if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $80,560 per year.

    What type of Legal Extern 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.

    What is a good starting salary for a Legal Extern?

    A good starting salary for a legal extern is $26,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a legal extern in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for legal externs is $55,979, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a legal extern can vary by state.

    How much does a legal professional earn?

    Legal professionals earn different average salaries depending on their specific position; however, the average salary for a lawyer is around $120,000 in a year. Lawyers made a median salary of $123,000, the best-paid 25% earned $186,000 per year, while the lowest-paid 25% made $81,000 in a year.

    How much does the average litigator make?

    The average litigator makes $120,000 in a year typically. Litigators made a median salary of $123,000, the best-paid 25% earned $186,000 per year, while the lowest-paid 25% made $81,000 in a year.

    What is the highest-paid field in law?

    The highest-paid field in law is trial lawyers. Trial lawyers are among the highest-paid legal professionals in the world. Thousands practice across the globe, but civil litigators who handle high-dollar, high-profile, and high-stakes cases are the most highly compensated.

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