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How Much Does a Legal Extern Earn In The United States?

Legal Extern Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$44,000
$17,000
$44,000
$110,000
Legal externs in the United States make an average salary of $44,499 per year or $21.39 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $17,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $110,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, New York, Connecticut, Texas, and Maine provide the highest legal extern salaries.
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Where Legal Externs Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do Legal Externs Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a legal extern is roughly $44,499 per year, which boils down to $21.39 per hour. Interestingly enough, legal externs have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $83,470 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $36,000. Additionally, legal externs make more than the average salary in New York, NY, Washington, DC, Bridgeport, CT, Fort Worth, TX, and Atlanta, GA. On a more broad level, legal extern salaries are highest in California, New York, Connecticut, Texas, Maine, Vermont, and New Jersey. On the contrary, Iowa, Montana, and Mississippi offer the lowest legal extern salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary
San Francisco, CA
Salary Range53k - 129k$83k$83,470
New York, NY
Salary Range49k - 115k$75k$75,466
Washington, DC
Salary Range45k - 108k$70k$70,177

Bridgeport, CT

Salary Range42k - 98k$64k$64,497
Fort Worth, TX
Salary Range39k - 98k$63k$62,668
Atlanta, GA
Salary Range30k - 75k$48k$47,727
Phoenix, AZ
Salary Range29k - 72k$47k$46,542

McLean, VA

Salary Range30k - 71k$46k$46,491

Olympia, WA

Salary Range29k - 67k$44k$44,438
Denver, CO
Salary Range28k - 66k$44k$43,712
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$129k

High Paying Legal Extern Jobs

Which Companies Pay Legal Externs The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Jones Day and General Electric as they offer the highest salaries for legal externs.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Jones Day
Salary Range155k - 208k$180k$179,979
General Electric
Salary Range116k - 147k$131k$131,026
VMware
Salary Range114k - 139k$126k$126,218
Harman International Industries
Salary Range108k - 141k$124k$123,732
NetApp
Salary Range102k - 137k$118k$118,490
Airbnb
Salary Range95k - 136k$114k$113,879
Dell
Salary Range96k - 133k$114k$113,753
Textron
Salary Range95k - 133k$113k$113,129
SurveyMonkey
Salary Range92k - 122k$107k$106,698
Splunk
Salary Range94k - 114k$104k$104,102
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$208k

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    How Experience Affects Legal Extern Salaries

    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.

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