Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Lawyer make?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

Experience

Industry

$111,322 / yrTotal Pay
$99,388 / yrBase Pay
$11,934 / yrAdditional Pay

$111,322

 / yr
$65K$204K
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Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Lawyer is $111,322 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $99,388 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $11,934 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Total Pay Trajectory

For Attorney

$141,359 /yr
Attorney
$172,155 /yr
Senior Attorney
$125,993 /yr
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Related Job Titles

For Lawyer

Some related job titles are Attorney Salaries with median pay of $141,359, General Counsel Salaries with median pay of $276,395, Staff Attorney Salaries with median pay of $133,229, Associate Attorney Salaries with median pay of $106,026.

Top Paying Companies

For a Lawyer in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Lawyer in United States. Employers include Davis Polk, Milbank LLP and Weil Gotshal.

1
Davis Polk
$307,775/yr
6
Bingham McCutchen
$282,103/yr
8
Google
$278,822/yr
10
Proskauer Rose
$274,155/yr

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$229,010

 / yr

$155,540

 / yr

$134,995

 / yr

$116,904

 / yr

$171,234

 / yr

$120,244

 / yr

$159,997

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$154,201

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$124,056

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$154,719

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$117,788

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$198,563

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$114,207

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Top Paying Industries

For a Lawyer in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Lawyer in United States are Legal with a median total pay of $230,702, Information Technology with a median total pay of $196,365, Financial Services with a median total pay of $187,510, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology with a median total pay of $179,672, and Media & Communication with a median total pay of $165,050.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • LegalLegal$230,702

    23% Higher than other industries

  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$196,365

    10% Higher than other industries

  • Financial ServicesFinancial Services$187,510

    6% Higher than other industries

  • Pharmaceutical & BiotechnologyPharmaceutical & Biotechnology$179,672

    2% Higher than other industries

  • Media & CommunicationMedia & Communication$165,050

    7% Lower than other industries

Legal

Top paying companies in Legal for Lawyer are Davis Polk, Milbank LLP, and Weil Gotshal.

Davis PolkDavis Polk$307,775/yr
Milbank LLPMilbank LLP$305,347/yr
Weil GotshalWeil Gotshal$303,046/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Legal?

The legal field is expected to see continued demand to meet increased regulatory and tax compliance needs in the future. Employees will increasingly work with artificial intelligence and automated services, with workers shifting towards advisory roles rather than document review. Companies are expected to shift more work to in-house legal staff and away from law firm partnerships due to the high cost of outside counsel. Most work in the field requires higher education and offers above-median pay.

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Attorney

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$85,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
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Attorney

United States of America

 | 10-14 years

$203,000

/yr

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10-14 years
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Lawyer

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$125,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

4-6 years
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Attorney

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$30,000

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Lawyer pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Lawyer is $99,388 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Lawyer salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 3141 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Lawyer employees.

The highest salary for a Lawyer in United States is $181,880 per year.

The lowest salary for a Lawyer in United States is $57,645 per year.

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