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 will normally receive an average salary on a scale from $61,490 to $208,000 based on experience. can expect an average compensation of one hundred and fourty-eight thousand nine hundred and ten dollars annually.

can expect the most salary in District of Columbia, where they can earn an average salary rate of close to about $197,100. People with this job title can receive the highest pay in Manufacturing, where they get average wages of $188,000.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 45.05 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Lawyers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Manufacturing
$188,000
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$186,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$184,640
Information
$182,890
Finance and Insurance
$178,600
Wholesale Trade
$174,670

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Public Administration
$116,600
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$134,400
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$137,470
Health Care and Social Assistance
$138,270
Accommodation and Food Services
$145,000
Educational Services
$152,620