Salary Guide: Lawyers

Lawyers represent clients in various legal matters. To become a lawyer, you need a post-graduate degree and certification. Nationwide there are over 550,000 Lawyers who earn an average salary of $129,440.

Lawyers typically spend four years completing their undergraduate degree and three additional years in law school. While pre-law undergraduate concentrations exist, most students who go on to law school study a range of disciplines. To become licensed as a practicing Lawyer, one must be admitted his state’s bar. Each state has it’s own bar exam – a test that must be passed before licensure – and Lawyers must get licensed in every state they practice in.

To become licensed as a practicing Lawyer, one must be admitted his state’s bar.

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Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $120,190
Alaska: $107,400
Arizona: $113,040
Arkansas: $86,560
California: $155,740
Colorado: $123,300
Connecticut: $138,420
Delaware: $151,750
District of Columbia: $162,830
Florida: $118,040
Georgia: $135,610
Hawaii: $104,480
Idaho: $94,950
Illinois: $132,620
Indiana: $100,950
Iowa: $103,960
Kansas: $100,370
Kentucky: $95,770
Louisiana: $99,800
Maine: $97,550
Maryland: $121,430
Massachusetts: $128,370
Michigan: $111,630
Minnesota: $124,860
Mississippi: $92,300
Missouri: $111,350
Montana: $76,080
Nebraska: $101,030
Nevada: $123,700
New Hampshire: $101,420
New Jersey: $125,890
New Mexico: $93,410
New York: $150,510
North Carolina: $122,970
North Dakota: $81,180
Ohio: $110,800
Oklahoma: $92,700
Oregon: $99,360
Pennsylvania: $132,770
Puerto Rico: $66,820
Rhode Island: $114,670
South Carolina: $107,400
South Dakota: $81,090
Tennessee: $113,540
Texas: $128,650
Utah: $120,310
Vermont: $92,930
Virginia: $131,280
Washington: $116,240
West Virginia: $92,810
Wisconsin: $106,610
Wyoming: $95,600

Salaries for the Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $164,060
2. Los Angeles: $165,400
3. Chicago: $139,450
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $138,070
5. Philadelphia: $148,510
6. Houston: $152,120
7. Washington DC: $157,770
8. Miami: $130,890
9. Atlanta: $140,280
10. Boston: $129,780
11. San Francisco: $166,640
12. Detroit: $122,630
13. Riverside: $121,530
14. Phoenix: $117,520
15. Seattle: $127,780
16. Minneapolis: $129,160
17. San Diego: $138,280
18. St. Louis: $114,060
19. Tampa: $108,740
20. Baltimore: $120,820

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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