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How much does a lawyer earn?

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and Pay for Lawyers

This varies quite a bit, of course, based on experience and

specialty. Moreover, many lawyers work for themselves. They charge

their clients an hourly rate.

For some general sense, here is some data from the U.S.

Department of Labor:

In 2002, the median annual earnings of all lawyers was $90,290.

The middle half of the occupation earned between $61,060 and

$136,810. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $44,490; at

least 10 percent earned more than $145,600. Median annual earnings

in the industries employing the largest numbers of lawyers in 2002

are given in the following tabulation:

  • Management of companies and enterprises $131,970
  • Federal government $98,790
  • Legal services $93,970
  • Local government $69,710
  • State government $67,910

Median salaries of lawyers 6 months after graduation from law

school in 2001 varied by type of work, as indicated here:

All graduates: $60,000

Private practice: $90,000

Business/industry: $60,000

Judicial clerkship and government: $40,300

Academe: $40,000

Salaries of experienced attorneys vary widely according to the

type, size, and location of their employer. Lawyers who own their

own practices usually earn less than do those who are partners in

law firms. Lawyers starting their own practice may need to work

part time in other occupations to supplement their income until

their practice is well established.

Most salaried lawyers are provided health and life insurance,

and contributions are made on their behalf to retirement plans.

Lawyers who practice independently are covered only if they arrange

and pay for such benefits themselves.

Here is more input from FAQ Farmers:

  • I am a pre-law student, and I have done extensive amounts of

    research on the field of law. The salary amount, of course, varies

    with location you would like to practice at or what kind of law you

    are thinking of doing. But the average salary starting out

    (Example: your first year in a law firm) is estimated to be

    anywhere from $60,000-$70,000 per year. The more experienced you

    are does nothing but helps you; the average for a successful lawyer

    can be anywhere from $200,000 to sometimes 1 million plus. As I

    said before, it's all about where you practice and how much

    experience is "under your belt".

  • There are too many variables to be able to give a proper answer

    to your question. A freshly graduated law school student will be

    lucky to get $30k a year, while a highly experienced and well known

    trial lawyer could make millions in a year.

  • It's difficult to be specific without knowing the area in which

    the attorney would be practicing, how long the person has been

    practicing, the geographical area and so forth. An attorney who

    caters to the wealthy can make a great deal of money while one who

    works for the ACLU is rather far down the economic ladder. Being a

    practicing attorney is much the same as being a doctor or educator

    one makes the decision as to how they wish to apply their knowledge

    and acts upon it in the way that reflects their personal


  • The average amount that lawyers make is from 100-300 dollars an

    hour. It depends on how much you charge the clients.

  • It depends upon the type of practice that one chooses. The

    majority of attorneys do not make the enormous sums that the

    general public believes. Attorneys practicing family or general law

    have an average yearly salary of $65,000 to $72,000.

  • Depends on where you work. Different kinds of lawyers earn

    different kinds of salaries. In Canada, the starting salary for a

    person with a law degree is around C$74,300 In Canada, the average

    salary for all lawyers is around C$99,200. In Canada, most lawyers

    earn on average about C$29.75 per hour. This is from Of course, lawyers don't only earn money by

    representing clients in court or drawing up legal documents.

    Lawyers can earn commission by referring their clients to other

    lawyers with an expertise in a certain area of the law. Depending

    on the reputation of the referred lawyer, commissions can go as

    high as C$50,000.

  • The middle half of all lawyers earned between $61,060 and

    $136,810 a year in 2002. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less

    than $44,490. The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $145,600

    a year. The pay for lawyers depends on whom they work for. It also

    depends on how long they have been lawyers and on how many special

    things they have learned about the law. In general, lawyers are

    among the highest paid workers in the country.

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