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How Much Do Lawyers Make In 2018

In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Lawyers make.

After reading this, you will be able to make a decision if working as a Lawyer will suit your financial goals (e.g: buying a home, BMW or just your target salary goal).

Average salary

Annual salary
$139880 per year
Hourly wage
$67.250 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Lawyers make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Lawyers is $139880. Their salary can also be as low as $56910 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $# if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $67.250 and can range from $27.360 to $# which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A Lawyer will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do Lawyers make with other careers, they have a salary rank of A.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)Over $100Over $200,000
Senior (Top 25%)$84.890$176580
Middle (Mid 50%)$56.810$118160
Junior (Bottom 25%)$37.300$77580
No experience (Bottom 10%)$27.360$56910

Entry-level Lawyers who starts out at $77580 can expect to make $118160 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $27.360 per hour while the top 10% makes over $# per hour.

While the median wage is $118160 per annum or $56.810 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing100.83209730
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing97.35202480
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing96.9201560
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage96.49200700
Other Information Services95.98199640
Securities and Commodity Exchanges91.77190880
Water Transportation90.58188400
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation90.58188400
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities89.81186800
Cable and Other Subscription Programming88.91184940
Natural Gas Distribution88.52184130
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing88.49184060
Wired Telecommunications Carriers88.45183970
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing88.41183890
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers88.39183860
Broadcasting (except Internet)88.06183170
Radio and Television Broadcasting87.66182330
Software Publishers87.22181420
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers86.68180300
Gambling Industries86.53179990
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers86.52179950
Lessors of Real Estate86.4179710
Nondepository Credit Intermediation86.21179310
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing86.2179300
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing86.13179160
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing85.91178690
Publishing Industries (except Internet)85.58178010
Other Financial Investment Activities85.36177550
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers85.31177440
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)84.84176470
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences84.82176430
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing84.51175780
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing84.41175580
Land Subdivision84.38175520
Scientific Research and Development Services83.86174430
Newspaper Publishers83.71174110
Machinery Manufacturing83.64173960
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities83.34173350
Communications Equipment Manufacturing83.25173170
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing83.24173130
Basic Chemical Manufacturing82.91172460
Depository Credit Intermediation82.56171730
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services82.18170930
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers82.16170890
Paper Manufacturing81.99170540
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing81.86170270
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing81.83170210
Management of Companies and Enterprises81.68169890
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events81.52169550
Pipeline Transportation81.36169230
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing81.36169220
Food Manufacturing81.27169040
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation80.85168170
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned80.65167750
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods80.29167000
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing80.09166580
Rental and Leasing Services79.84166070
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers79.84166060
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing79.78165940
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing78.79163880
Hospitals, Privately owned78.63163560
Support Activities for Mining78.54163370
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas78.49163260
Freight Transportation Arrangement78.47163220
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned78.46163190
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers78.32162910
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services78.14162530
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers78162240
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories77.95162140
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers77.93162090
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation77.92162070
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing77.83161890
Real Estate77.83161890
Activities Related to Real Estate77.8161830
Engineering Services77.37160930
Computer Systems Design and Related Services77.25160670
Wholesale Trade77.04160240
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services76.99160130
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing76.97160100
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses76.9159940
Miscellaneous Manufacturing76.87159900
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)76.62159370
Nonresidential Building Construction76.52159170
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures76.43158980
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction76.15158390
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)76.09158270
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation76.09158260
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing76.03158150
Offices of Physicians76.02158120
Support Activities for Transportation75.94157950
Spectator Sports75.93157940
Chemical Manufacturing75.87157810
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)75.86157790
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries75.67157390
Nonstore Retailers75.63157320
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing75.58157210
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers75.5157040
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing75.45156940
Accommodation and Food Services75.1156220
Finance and Insurance74.59155160
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods74.47154910
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds74.24154420
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing74.18154290
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers73.99153910
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing73.74153390
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers73.75153390
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing73.65153180
Waste Treatment and Disposal73.64153170
Oil and Gas Extraction73.24152340
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution73.23152320
Construction of Buildings73.01151860
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers72.81151450
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing72.61151030
Traveler Accommodation72.33150440
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services72.24150260
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services72.24150260
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles71.96149670
Rail Transportation71.89149530
Retail Trade71.87149500
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services71.81149370
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction71.59148900
Waste Management and Remediation Services71.4148520
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned71.24148170
Other Telecommunications71.07147820
Transportation and Warehousing70.94147550
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing70.84147340
Printing and Related Support Activities70.81147290
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors70.78147230
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank70.72147090
Air Transportation70.62146880
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)70.59146820
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers70.57146780
Scheduled Air Transportation70.57146780
Ambulatory Health Care Services70.47146580
Other Insurance Related Activities70.45146530
Residential Building Construction70.24146100
Beverage Manufacturing70.03145660
Testing Laboratories69.72145020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned69.57144710
Other Investment Pools and Funds69.35144240
Hospitals, Local government owned69.3144150
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction69.25144040
Educational Services, Privately owned68.83143170
Direct Selling Establishments68.66142820
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned68.37142200
All industries, private ownership only68.03141500
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities67.94141320
Other Support Services67.74140910
Office Administrative Services67.68140770
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing67.55140500
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing67.31140010
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services67.21139800
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities67.17139720
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services67.07139510
Insurance Carriers67.02139410
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers66.98139330
Grantmaking and Giving Services66.89139130
Legal Services66.88139110
Utility System Construction66.84139030
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers66.76138860
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services66.02137330
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)65.23135680
Telephone Call Centers65.11135440
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages64.72134610
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities64.63134430
Building Equipment Contractors64.49134150
Federal Executive Branch64.34133830
Federal government, including the US Postal Service64.33133800
Educational Support Services, Privately owned64.27133670
All industries64.17133470
Hospitals, State government owned64.11133340
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing63.58132250
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)63.47132020
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers63.4131880
Specialty Trade Contractors63.3131660
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers63.16131370
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services62.9130820
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations62.84130700
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)62.64130280
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing62.32129620
Postal Service (federal government)62.08129130
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned62.05129070
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations61.98128920
Junior colleges, Local government owned61.37127640
Outpatient Care Centers61.15127190
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services59.91124610
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned59.64124050
Educational Services, State government owned59.26123260
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)59.25123240
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)57.95120530
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations57.86120350
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)57.85120320
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing57.38119350
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers57.09118740
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)56.94118440
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors56.9118350
Truck Transportation55.91116300
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)55.81116080
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned55.81116080
Business Support Services55.33115080
Educational Services, Local government owned54.79113970
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services54.7113780
Administrative and Support Services54.59113550
Personal and Laundry Services54.45113250
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned53.76111810
General Freight Trucking53.28110830
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities52.49109170
Employment Services52.32108830
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)50.72105490
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned50.72105490
Other Personal Services50.48105000
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing49.98103960
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service49.93103860
Federal, State, and Local Government49.76103490
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service49.76103490
Religious Organizations49.33102600
Social Advocacy Organizations48.2100260
Local government, including schools and hospitals47.0697880
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals46.8797500
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)43.9191340
Civic and Social Organizations43.590480
State government, including schools and hospitals41.5886480
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals41.0185310
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities39.3281780
Individual and Family Services37.6878380
Social Assistance37.5678120
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services37.5278040

Not all industries pay the same for Lawyers.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A Lawyer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at DC may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Lawyers are in the states of DC, CA, NY, MA and DE. The average salary in DC is $174480.

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