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AVERAGE SALARY / YEAR MOST TYPICAL SALARY / YEAR
Gross income
Net (after tax)

$94,813 USD

£74,936 GBP
New York City

$104,394 USD

$52,000 USD

£41,098 GBP
Including "New York City"
Excluding "New York City"

Average Salary / Law / United States

Average salary for Law / United States is $94,813 USD per year. The most typical earning is $52,000 USD. All data are based on 497 salary surveys. Salaries are different between men and women. Men receive an average salary of $115,300 USD. Women receive a salary of $80,700 USD.

Based on education, the highest salaries receive people with Doctorate Degree with salary of $125,800 USD. The second most paid education level is Masters Degree with salary of $101,500 USD.

Different experiences affect earning as well. People with 12-16 Years of experience receive salary of $137,000 USD. Employees with 20+ Years of experience receive $116,900 USD.

Levels / Law / United States (Gross USD)

Salary Levels (USD) per Year Surveys [%]
$10,000 USD - $14,999 USD
0 n/a
$15,000 USD - $19,999 USD
2 100%
0.4%
$20,000 USD - $24,999 USD
16 99.6%
3.22%
$25,000 USD - $29,999 USD
14 96.38%
2.82%
$30,000 USD - $34,999 USD
26 93.56%
5.23%
$35,000 USD - $39,999 USD
19 88.33%
3.82%
$40,000 USD - $44,999 USD
21 84.51%
4.23%
$45,000 USD - $49,999 USD
27 80.28%
5.43%
THE MOST TYPICAL SALARY
$50,000 USD - $54,999 USD
35 74.85%
7.04%
$55,000 USD - $59,999 USD
13 67.81%
2.62%
$60,000 USD - $64,999 USD
27 65.19%
5.43%
$65,000 USD - $69,999 USD
26 59.76%
5.23%
$70,000 USD - $74,999 USD
20 54.53%
4.02%
$75,000 USD - $79,999 USD
13 50.5%
2.62%
$80,000 USD - $84,999 USD
20 47.89%
4.02%
$85,000 USD - $89,999 USD
9 43.86%
1.81%
$90,000 USD - $94,999 USD
19 42.05%
3.82%
$95,000 USD - $99,999 USD
4 38.23%
0.8%
$100,000 USD - $104,999 USD
17 37.42%
3.42%
$105,000 USD - $109,999 USD
12 34%
2.41%
$110,000 USD - $114,999 USD
14 31.59%
2.82%
$115,000 USD - $119,999 USD
6 28.77%
1.21%
$120,000 USD - $124,999 USD
21 27.57%
4.23%
$125,000 USD - $129,999 USD
9 23.34%
1.81%
$130,000 USD - $134,999 USD
6 21.53%
1.21%
$135,000 USD - $139,999 USD
3 20.32%
0.6%
$140,000 USD - $144,999 USD
5 19.72%
1.01%
$145,000 USD - $149,999 USD
5 18.71%
1.01%
HIGH SALARIES
$150,000 USD - $159,999 USD
18 17.71%
3.62%
$160,000 USD - $169,999 USD
6 14.08%
1.21%
$170,000 USD - $179,999 USD
3 12.88%
0.6%
$180,000 USD - $189,999 USD
7 12.27%
1.41%
$190,000 USD - $199,999 USD
6 10.87%
1.21%
$200,000 USD - $209,999 USD
12 9.66%
2.41%
$210,000 USD - $219,999 USD
3 7.24%
0.6%
$220,000 USD - $229,999 USD
2 6.64%
0.4%
$230,000 USD - $239,999 USD
1 6.24%
0.2%
$240,000 USD - $249,999 USD
4 6.04%
0.8%
$250,000 USD - $349,999 USD
26 5.23%
5.23%

Gender / Law / United States (Gross USD)

# Surveys AVERAGE SALARY / YEAR
1 Men 183 $115,300 USD
2 Women 205 $80,700 USD

Education / Law / United States (Gross USD)

# Surveys AVERAGE SALARY / YEAR
1 Doctorate Degree 220 $125,800 USD
2 Masters Degree 74 $101,500 USD
3 Bachelors Degree 100 $65,100 USD
4 Some College 85 $53,300 USD
5 High School 17 $50,200 USD
6 Bellow H. School 1 $30,000 USD

Experience / Law / United States (Gross USD)

# Surveys AVERAGE SALARY / YEAR
1 12-16 Years 45 $137,000 USD
2 20+ Years 106 $116,900 USD
3 16-20 Years 45 $100,800 USD
4 8-12 Years 55 $100,100 USD
5 4-8 Years 91 $82,700 USD
6 1-2 Years 35 $77,700 USD
7 2-4 Years 64 $70,000 USD
8 0-1 Year 56 $67,800 USD

Age / Law / United States (Gross USD)

# Surveys AVERAGE SALARY / YEAR
1 71-75 2 $167,500 USD
2 46-50 45 $133,300 USD
3 61-65 21 $120,700 USD
4 36-40 43 $107,200 USD
5 56-60 29 $106,600 USD
6 41-45 45 $100,100 USD
7 51-55 28 $98,800 USD
8 66-70 6 $96,100 USD
9 26-30 60 $91,200 USD
10 n/a 109 $87,000 USD
11 31-35 72 $82,600 USD
12 21-25 30 $52,700 USD
13 76-99 1 $48,000 USD
14 14-20 6 $28,900 USD

Work Type / Law / United States (Gross USD)

# Surveys AVERAGE SALARY / YEAR
1 Self Employed 45 $107,900 USD
2 Permanent 417 $96,200 USD
3 Contract 18 $72,300 USD
4 Part Time 17 $50,200 USD

States / Law / United States (Gross USD)

# Surveys AVERAGE SALARY / YEAR
1 Idaho 2 $140,000 USD
2 Tennessee 6 $125,500 USD
3 District Of Columbia (DC) 19 $125,300 USD
4 Alaska 1 $120,000 USD
5 Nevada 10 $118,200 USD
6 Illinois 17 $117,300 USD
7 Michigan 9 $113,700 USD
8 Alabama 3 $110,000 USD
9 Minnesota 12 $107,800 USD
10 Texas 53 $105,300 USD
11 Utah 9 $103,200 USD
12 Massachusetts 10 $102,100 USD
13 California 65 $100,800 USD
14 New York State 53 $100,800 USD
15 Ohio 13 $98,200 USD
16 Arizona 8 $96,500 USD
17 North Carolina 12 $94,800 USD
18 Oklahoma 3 $94,300 USD
19 Florida 22 $93,300 USD
20 Colorado 13 $92,100 USD
21 Connecticut 2 $90,000 USD
22 Vermont 1 $90,000 USD
23 New Jersey 8 $87,300 USD
24 Rhode Island 2 $84,500 USD
25 Missouri 3 $81,400 USD
26 Georgia 19 $80,600 USD
27 Oregon 8 $80,600 USD
28 Washington State 16 $80,400 USD
29 Maine 4 $77,100 USD
30 Pennsylvania 16 $75,500 USD
31 New Mexico 3 $75,500 USD
32 Louisiana 9 $74,900 USD
33 Wisconsin 6 $72,000 USD
34 West Virginia 3 $71,700 USD
35 Virginia 4 $66,800 USD
36 Indiana 6 $64,400 USD
37 Kansas 1 $58,000 USD
38 Maryland 8 $55,300 USD
39 New Hampshire 2 $54,500 USD
40 Nebraska 1 $52,200 USD
41 Kentucky 2 $43,400 USD
42 South Carolina 1 $42,000 USD
43 Arkansas 1 $42,000 USD
44 Mississippi 2 $40,000 USD

Cities / Law / United States (Gross USD)

# Surveys AVERAGE SALARY / YEAR
1 Cincinnati 4 $193,800 USD
2 San Antonio 2 $176,500 USD
3 Nashville 3 $166,000 USD
4 Pittsburgh 4 $136,800 USD
5 Orlando 2 $127,500 USD
6 Durham 3 $126,700 USD
7 Washington DC 19 $125,300 USD
8 San Francisco 14 $123,600 USD
9 Minneapolis 9 $119,700 USD
10 Houston 19 $118,100 USD
11 Fort Lauderdale 3 $117,700 USD
12 Tampa 6 $117,600 USD
13 Chicago 17 $117,300 USD
14 Las Vegas 8 $114,000 USD
15 Tacoma 2 $112,500 USD
16 Charlotte 3 $112,300 USD
17 Dallas 20 $109,700 USD
18 New York City 47 $104,400 USD
19 Salt Lake City 9 $103,200 USD
20 Detroit 8 $103,000 USD
21 Boston 10 $102,100 USD
22 Sacramento 6 $102,000 USD
23 Los Angeles 23 $100,900 USD
24 San Diego 9 $100,100 USD
25 Knoxville 2 $97,500 USD
26 Phoenix 7 $93,900 USD
27 Buffalo, United States 4 $92,800 USD
28 Denver 11 $92,300 USD
29 Colorado Springs 2 $91,000 USD
30 Hartford 2 $90,000 USD
31 Newark 8 $87,300 USD
32 Irvine 3 $82,700 USD
33 New Orleans 8 $81,600 USD
34 Atlanta 18 $81,500 USD
35 St. Louis 3 $81,400 USD
36 Portland, Oregon 8 $80,600 USD
37 Portland, Maine 4 $77,100 USD
38 Seattle 11 $77,000 USD
39 Fort Worth 3 $76,700 USD
40 Albuquerque 3 $75,500 USD
41 --Other-- 29 $74,100 USD
42 Bakersfield 2 $72,500 USD
43 Milwaukee 6 $72,000 USD
44 St. Paul 3 $72,000 USD
45 Charleston, West Virginia 3 $71,700 USD
46 San Jose 2 $70,000 USD
47 Indianapolis 5 $69,200 USD
48 Austin 6 $69,000 USD
49 Miami 9 $65,200 USD
50 Columbus 5 $58,100 USD
51 Spokane 2 $57,500 USD
52 Baltimore 8 $55,300 USD
53 Philadelphia 12 $55,000 USD
54 Fayetteville 3 $54,700 USD
55 Manchester, United States 2 $54,500 USD
56 Cleveland 3 $54,300 USD
57 Virginia Beach 2 $43,500 USD
58 Jackson 2 $40,000 USD

Careers / Law / United States (Gross USD)

# Surveys AVERAGE SALARY / YEAR
1 Corporate Counsel Lawyer 42 $149,700 USD
2 Judge 7 $138,600 USD
3 Private Practice Lawyer 19 $133,100 USD
4 Lawyer 174 $118,400 USD
5 Government Counsel Lawyer 16 $114,100 USD
6 Law Firm Administrator 22 $91,700 USD
7 Other Law Career 68 $81,100 USD
8 Paralegal Manager 10 $67,000 USD
9 Public Interest Lawyer 7 $61,300 USD
10 Paralegal 80 $50,200 USD
11 Legal Secretary 48 $44,100 USD
12 Court Administrator 4 $37,400 USD

People's individual salary examples (surveys)

50/50  Attorney (Man)
Posted 22 May 2023

What I do?

"Litigate claims on behalf of clients."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Houston Doctorate Degree 0-1 Year Advanced $120,000 USD

49/50  Senior Paralegal (Man)
Posted 12 September 2022

What I do?

"Litigation Support To Attorneys."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Los Angeles Bachelors Degree 8-12 Years Advanced $130,000 USD

48/50  Public Defender Investigator (Man)
Posted 30 August 2022

What I do?

"Investigate criminal cases for defense."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
--Other-- Masters Degree 12-16 Years Expert $53,000 USD

47/50  Of Counsel (Man)
Posted 13 July 2022

What I do?

"Law, writing briefs."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Nashville Masters Degree 12-16 Years Expert $260,000 USD

46/50  Cousel (Woman)
Posted 10 June 2022

What I do?

"Assist company with legal issues."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Houston Doctorate Degree 0-1 Year Basic $65,000 USD

45/50  Attorney (Man)
Posted 17 March 2022

What I do?

"Government agency."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Tacoma Masters Degree 4-8 Years Advanced $100,000 USD

44/50  Family Law Paralegal (Woman)
Posted 18 February 2022

What I do?

"Assist supervising attorney."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
--Other-- Some College 0-1 Year Intermediate $30,700 USD

43/50  Lawyer (Man)
Posted 13 February 2022

What I do?

"Practising law."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
New York City Masters Degree 1-2 Years Advanced $201,400 USD

42/50  Of Counsel (Man)
Posted 07 January 2022

What I do?

"Divorce litigation."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
New York City Masters Degree 16-20 Years Expert $90,000 USD

41/50  Associate (Man)
Posted 28 December 2021

What I do?

"Draft reports, analyze case files to determine liability, communicate with opposing attorneys, attend depositions, attend informal conferences, attend trials."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Houston Masters Degree 0-1 Year Intermediate $95,000 USD

40/50  Attorney (Man)
Posted 16 December 2021

What I do?

"Be a lawyer."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Orlando Doctorate Degree 0-1 Year Intermediate $75,000 USD

39/50  Company Counsel (Man)
Posted 27 November 2021

What I do?

"Compliance, advise CEO, contract review."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Newport News Doctorate Degree 16-20 Years Expert $150,000 USD

38/50  Associate Attorney (Man)
Posted 17 November 2021

What I do?

"Litigation."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Los Angeles Doctorate Degree 1-2 Years Expert $90,000 USD

37/50  Paralegal (Woman)
Posted 08 November 2021

What I do?

"Word, Excel, Basic Computer, Email, Internet."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Denver High School 1-2 Years Intermediate $31,200 USD

36/50  Ontra Corporate Counsel Lawer (Woman)
Posted 30 October 2021

What I do?

"Represent the company in any legal situations that may arise."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Portland, Maine Masters Degree 2-4 Years Advanced $120,900 USD

35/50  Regional General Counsel (Woman)
Posted 19 October 2021

What I do?

"Chief legal officer for the region."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Houston Doctorate Degree 8-12 Years Advanced $185,000 USD

34/50  Paralegal (Man)
Posted 12 October 2021

What I do?

"Complete filiing for all immigration matters."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Atlanta Bachelors Degree 1-2 Years Advanced $48,000 USD

33/50  Assistant Attorney General (Man)
Posted 08 October 2021

What I do?

"Write legal memoranda, analyze various issues, advise agencies."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Hartford Masters Degree 16-20 Years Advanced $120,000 USD

32/50  Attorney (Man)
Posted 02 October 2021

What I do?

"Must be licensed by the State to practice law."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Chicago Doctorate Degree 16-20 Years Advanced $75,000 USD

31/50  Consultant (Man)
Posted 26 August 2021

What I do?

"Advice, Analysis, Review, Writing."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Buffalo, United States Doctorate Degree 16-20 Years Expert $160,000 USD

30/50  Legal Assistant (Woman)
Posted 19 August 2021

What I do?

"A lot of things."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Portland, Oregon Some College 0-1 Year Intermediate $30,000 USD

29/50  Private Attorney (Man)
Posted 08 July 2021

What I do?

"Litigation."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Phoenix Doctorate Degree 12-16 Years Expert $319,000 USD

28/50  Attorney (Man)
Posted 28 June 2021

What I do?

"Transactional law."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Dallas Doctorate Degree 8-12 Years Advanced $55,000 USD

27/50  Legalss (Woman)
Posted 15 March 2021

What I do?

"Legal bunch of stuff just legal stuff."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Dallas Bachelors Degree 4-8 Years n/a $86,000 USD

26/50  Associate Attorney (Woman)
Posted 25 January 2021

What I do?

"Immigration law."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Milwaukee Doctorate Degree 0-1 Year n/a $65,000 USD

25/50  Criminal Defense Attorney (Man)
Posted 20 November 2020

What I do?

"I defend clients in civil and criminal courts, I have a JD in law."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Los Angeles Doctorate Degree 4-8 Years n/a $205,500 USD

24/50  Analysis (Man)
Posted 18 November 2020

What I do?

"Government senior case analysis."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Miami Some College 16-20 Years n/a $60,000 USD

23/50  Associate (Woman)
Posted 23 August 2020

What I do?

"Moniitor infringement, redacting contracts."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
New York City Bachelors Degree 2-4 Years n/a $70,000 USD

22/50  Legal Assistant (Woman)
Posted 13 August 2020

What I do?

"My main tasks are coordinating events such as Hearings, Mediations, Arbitration’s, Depositions. As well as coordinating telephone conferences with Opposing Counsel and Experts, Adjusters, etc. we work closely with a system called Aderant Total Office that allows us to input all the information in for a new file/law suit. We correspond mainly through email using Outlook as well as through the telephone. We utilize Microsoft Word constantly to draft different pleadings relevant to each case."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Fort Lauderdale Some College 12-16 Years n/a $60,000 USD

21/50  Legal Administrative Specialist (Man)
Posted 08 August 2020

What I do?

"Explaining legal terms and benefits to people."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Phoenix Bachelors Degree 4-8 Years n/a $45,000 USD

20/50  Compliance Attorney (Man)
Posted 19 July 2020

What I do?

"Securities law specialist. I have a BA, JD, and LLM. I work in the financial services industry."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Denver Doctorate Degree 20+ Years n/a $110,000 USD

19/50  Commercial Contracts And Compliance Associate (Woman)
Posted 14 July 2020

What I do?

"Eight years of legal experience and education working with multiple different kinds of software and technology clients."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Minneapolis Bachelors Degree 8-12 Years n/a $51,000 USD

18/50  Paralegal (Woman)
Posted 13 July 2020

What I do?

"Legal research, motion writing, affidavit writing, client counseling, will writing Microsoft Office proficient, Casemaker."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Spokane Some College 8-12 Years n/a $65,000 USD

17/50  Lawyer (Man)
Posted 01 July 2020

What I do?

"Trial attorney and senior partner."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Minneapolis Doctorate Degree 20+ Years n/a $220,000 USD

16/50  Attorney (Man)
Posted 27 March 2020

What I do?

"I make sure client's go to treatment."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Las Vegas Doctorate Degree 2-4 Years n/a $110,000 USD

15/50  Legal Secretary (Woman)
Posted 10 March 2020

What I do?

"Submit expense reports. Arrange travel. Manage calendars for all attorneys. Set up meetings. Book hotels, flights and transportation. File emails."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
New York City Bachelors Degree 8-12 Years n/a $67,000 USD

14/50  Attorney (Man)
Posted 21 January 2020

What I do?

"Juris doctor, writing, research."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Houston Doctorate Degree 4-8 Years n/a $150,000 USD

13/50  Paralegal (Woman)
Posted 14 January 2020

What I do?

"Scheduling, calendar, microsoft office, greenfiling, care, internet, quick books, notary public, accounting, customer service, drafting pleadings, research, management."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Salt Lake City Some College 4-8 Years n/a $16,000 USD

12/50  Legal Assistant (Woman)
Posted 03 January 2020

What I do?

"Various legal duties."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Cleveland High School 12-16 Years n/a $46,000 USD

11/50  Chief Public Defender (Man)
Posted 02 December 2019

What I do?

"Supervise Public Defenders, Investigators, support staff."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Houston Doctorate Degree 20+ Years n/a $150,000 USD

10/50  Consultant (Man)
Posted 18 October 2019

What I do?

"Energy regulation and midstream contract consultant."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Denver Masters Degree 8-12 Years n/a $120,000 USD

9/50  Prosecutor (Woman)
Posted 20 August 2019

What I do?

"Prosecuting crimes in Cook County."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Chicago Doctorate Degree 4-8 Years n/a $89,000 USD

8/50  Attorney (Man)
Posted 14 August 2019

What I do?

"Attorney helping injured people recover for their injuries."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Raleigh Doctorate Degree 20+ Years n/a $180,000 USD

7/50  Founding Attorney (Woman)
Posted 12 August 2019

What I do?

"I'm an immigration attorney in Westchester, NY."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Yonkers Doctorate Degree 4-8 Years n/a $20,000 USD

6/50  Marketing Director (Woman)
Posted 12 August 2019

What I do?

"Marketing, IT, Office Manager."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Las Vegas Some College 20+ Years n/a $67,500 USD

5/50  Litigation Docketing Legal Assistant (Woman)
Posted 09 August 2019

What I do?

"Assist attorneys with docketing for class action law suits and other cases in transportation industry as well as perform other legal assistant duties."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Indianapolis Bachelors Degree 4-8 Years n/a $40,000 USD

4/50  Police (Man)
Posted 16 July 2019

What I do?

"Law enforcement."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Columbia, South Carolina High School 1-2 Years n/a $42,000 USD

3/50  Senior Legal Analyst (Woman)
Posted 14 July 2019

What I do?

"Intellectual Property protection, patent, trademarks."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
San Diego Bachelors Degree 20+ Years n/a $130,000 USD

2/50  Paralegal (Woman)
Posted 14 July 2019

What I do?

"Set up of business entities."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Salt Lake City Some College 12-16 Years n/a $30,700 USD

1/50  Law Clerk (Man)
Posted 03 July 2019

What I do?

"Research, drafting, memoranda, briefs, ordinances."

City Education Experience Knowledge Gross salary / year
Santa Ana Masters Degree 16-20 Years n/a $25,000 USD


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