Salary for Lawyers

Also known as:  Agency Legal Counsel, Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Corporation Counsel, Assistant Counsel, Associate Attorney, Attorney, Attorney At Law, Attorney General, Brief Writer, City Attorney

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The legal profession includes many reponsibilities apart from simply representing clients in a court of law or in front of government agencies. Lawyers must also study legal documents, decisions, statutes, regulations, the Constitution, and other judicial and quasi-judicial texts to determine how they may affect case proceedings. These professionals may conduct research into specific laws and write papers of briefs, or file appeals. Additionally, before taking on a case, lawyers will review the facts of a case to determine the likelihood of a favorable result for their client. Lawyers require certification on a state-by-state basis, and may also require law degrees.

A Lawyer gets an average compensation somewhere between 104000 and 156000 based on level of experience. Lawyers will normally get an average salary of One Hundred Thirty Seven Thousand Seven Hundred dollars per annum.

Lawyers can get the highest pay in the District of Columbia, where they can receive pay levels, on average, of approximating $156750. People working these jobs can expect the most salary in Manufacturing, where they can get an average job salary of $178210.

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ANNUAL SALARY
HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 26.52 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Lawyers tend to make the most in the following industries
Retail Trade $178,210
Manufacturing $162,270
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $158,970
Management of Companies and Enterprises $158,340
Wholesale Trade $156,190
Information $155,450
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Public Administration $99,570
Accommodation and Food Services $111,350
Other Services (except Public Administration) $117,510
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $118,250
Health Care and Social Assistance $122,960
Educational Services $123,310
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