How much do lawyers make?

How much do lawyers make?

A look at how much lawyers make in every US state, based on statistics by the Bureau of Labor.



According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average annual wage of a lawyer is $144,230. This is about three times the average annual salary for the United States ($51,960). 

However, not all jurisdictions are created equal. In the highest paying state, California, lawyers' average salary is $171,550, or about $83,000 more than the average salary of a lawyer in Montana, the lowest paying state.

The five highest paying states are California ($171,550), New York ($167,110), Massachusetts ($165,610), Connecticut ($153,640) and Illinois ($152,980). The five lowest paying states are Montana ($88,600), Mississippi ($97,990), West Virginia ($98,630), Arkansas ($98,780) and  ($99,360).

The states that saw the biggest increase in average salary over the last 5 years are Rhode Island (+26.6%), Wisconsin (+24.1), Massachusetts (23.2%), Wyoming (18.3%) and North Dakota (18.1%).

A full overview of the data is accessible below. If you are looking for data on attorney hourly rates, check out the Legal.io Pricing Tool.

 

Rank State 2018 Average Salary 2017 Average Salary 2016 Average Salary 2015 Average Salary 2014 Average Salary 2013 Average Salary 5-Year Change
1 California $171,550 $168,200 $162,010 $163,020 $158,200 $155,750 10.1
2 New York $167,110 $165,260 $161,260 $155,050 $154,340 $153,490 8.9
3 Massachusetts $165,610 $157,450 $158,760 $152,990 $144,030 $134,380 23.2
4 Connecticut $153,640 $152,540 $151,540 $147,100 $140,040 $139,920 9.8
5 Illinois $152,980 $140,920 $129,070 $125,920 $124,680 $132,910 15.1
6 Texas $150,250 $145,800 $149,400 $143,490 $141,240 $134,200 12
7 Colorado $147,560 $141,200 $138,130 $135,880 $130,620 $136,120 8.4
8 Arizona $145,750 $138,680 $130,630 $125,660 $117,380 $131,200 11.1
9 Virginia $139,180 $136,790 $139,050 $135,180 $131,320 $129,800 7.2
10 New Jersey $139,020 $140,340 $144,190 $145,970 $140,770 $133,330 4.3
11 Nevada $138,920 $138,850 $134,440 $120,360 $123,850 $122,770 13.2
12 Pennsylvania $138,610 $139,050 $134,600 $131,090 $129,460 $134,250 3.2
13 Washington $136,480 $129,220 $126,900 $124,000 $120,740 $119,900 13.8
14 Wisconsin $130,450 $123,600 $111,080 $101,990 $101,980 $105,080 24.1
15 North Carolina $129,990 $137,200 $138,470 $123,940 $118,310 $114,840 13.2
16 Georgia $128,930 $136,190 $133,030 $130,710 $132,540 $137,280 -6.1
17 Florida $128,920 $127,730 $131,990 $128,050 $122,020 $123,040 4.8
18 Maryland $128,340 $126,480 $123,220 $121,530 $126,060 $127,040 1
19 New Hampshire $125,890 $119,650 $115,410 $114,470 $111,050 $112,710 11.7
20 Rhode Island $125,330 $129,410 $131,430 $129,100 $119,010 $99,010 26.6
21 Tennessee $124,470 $129,830 $127,700 $125,530 $113,580 $108,240 15
22 Alaska $121,680 $122,870 $123,770 $121,910 $117,910 $120,500 1
23 Ohio $121,520 $113,610 $113,400 $113,360 $113,200 $108,950 11.5
24 Oregon $119,500 $117,810 $114,730 $117,800 $114,870 $111,640 7
25 Minnesota $119,330 $124,230 $133,390 $128,320 $128,290 $126,520 -5.7
26 Oklahoma $118,790 $115,260 $123,510 $116,900 $112,520 $101,310 17.3
27 Alabama $117,100 $117,640 $118,420 $114,820 $113,010 $106,790 9.7
28 Missouri $113,780 $115,520 $116,060 $114,480 $121,500 $116,190 -2.1
29 Indiana $113,360 $113,850 $114,270 $110,240 $103,010 $99,230 14.2
30 Iowa $112,630 $113,470 $108,660 $106,820 $106,080 $106,920 5.3
31 Utah $112,380 $109,280 $108,670 $113,550 $118,910 $115,930 -3.1
32 Hawaii $111,290 $113,190 $106,650 $104,180 $105,410 $108,820 2.3
33 Michigan $110,180 $112,740 $110,760 $110,920 $116,710 $114,460 -3.7
34 South Dakota $109,070 $100,000 $101,360 $96,580 $98,360 $99,650 9.5
35 Kansas $109,020 $104,730 $106,470 $105,790 $98,850 $98,750 10.4
36 Nebraska $108,170 $110,950 $107,590 $106,460 $93,820 $95,220 13.6
37 Vermont $107,490 $105,900 $103,970 $106,610 $101,620 $98,580 9
38 North Dakota $107,290 $97,680 $102,660 $101,840 * $90,850 18.1
39 Maine $107,120 $102,040 $106,270 $99,260 $100,720 $93,940 14
40 New Mexico $105,910 $99,510 $97,100 $91,430 $96,520 $98,150 7.9
41 Wyoming $105,600 $98,090 $112,710 $102,130 $103,290 $89,280 18.3
42 Louisiana $105,490 $101,170 $105,740 $111,240 $113,830 $110,760 -4.8
43 South Carolina $105,320 $104,300 $107,230 $109,250 $113,760 $108,790 -3.2
44 Kentucky $100,100 $95,890 $93,020 $93,560 $92,090 $90,200 11
45 Idaho $99,360 $98,390 $91,390 $96,900 $100,900 $105,380 -5.7
46 Arkansas $98,780 $99,100 $103,980 $100,320 $100,690 $101,340 -2.5
47 West Virginia $98,630 $95,220 $100,430 $98,270 $94,010 $90,240 9.3
48 Mississippi $97,990 $106,360 $114,710 $103,180 $99,470 $92,640 5.8
49 Montana $88,600 $83,150 $83,330 $82,070 $75,720 $75,360 17.6
N/A Delaware * * $157,610 $152,330 $145,940 $152,490 N/A

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