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Everyone knows that salary and pay rates has to do with the compensation one receives for the work they perform. Determining what careers and what locations provide the best salaries and pay rates helps job hunters line up expectations and provides assistance in making decisions. Ask questions about compensation here.

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Veterinary Medicine

How much money does a veterinarian earn?

In the United States, the average salary for a veterinarian in 2013 was ~US$90,000. Worldwide, however, this varies widely depending upon the type of practice and local and national economic status.
Average yearly earnings $39,500-$92,800 or more
In 2011 in the United States the average annual salary was ~US$90,000.
it depends on how long you are working and what kind of vet you are but, a domesticated animal vet that works for someone else will get about $100,000 a year
In the United States, the average annual salary in 2011 was ~US$90,000. However, a veterinarian who owns a successful specialty practice can make over US$1,000,000 per year.

Answer 2

It depends on several factors, therefore there is no accurate answer to the question:

  • Country
  • Organisation
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Field of expertise

In 2011, the average income for a veterinarian in the United States was $90,000.

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Labor and Employment Law
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Labor Unions

How much do electricians make per hour in PA?

electrician makes At least minimum wage per year.

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How much money does a pediatrician earn?

Pediatrician SalaryIt varies with location, education, specialty, and number of hours worked. Whatever the number is, it remains to say that pediatricians make very good money. Here are some figures by various organizations:
  • Medical Economics Magazine reported a range of less than $60,000 a year to up to $400,000 a year.
  • In 1993, the American Medical Association reported an average of $135,000.
  • Merritt, Hawkins & Associates reported a range of $100,000 to $160,000 with a starting salary average of $130,000.
  • reports a range of $102,032 to $150,306.
  • Wolfram|Alfa reports a 2007 median number of $140,700.
  • the expected median salary for a US pediatrician is $142,585.
Football - American
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National Football League (NFL)

How much money does a nfl football player earn?

The median salary in the NFL in 2009 was roughly $770,000. In 2008 it was about $720,000. The Steelers have the highest median salary at $1.1 million, the Packers the lowest at $440,000. The Redskins have the highest payroll at $123 million. The Giants have the lowest at $76 million.

The average (arithmetic mean) NFL salary in 2006 was $1.4 million.


Given that the average length of a Gridiron player's career in NFL is 3 years, average Green Bay salary of $440,000 means that after tax they earn less than $1 million total career earnings hampered by the fact there is nowhere else to play as Leagues have folded.

League minimums for years 1994, 1995, 1996.

$108,000, $149,000, $196,000. No guaranteed contracts.

Cars & Vehicles
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Jobs for Pre-Teens

What are jobs paying over 100000 dollars a year?

engineering, medical degree. honestly if you put enough effort you can make 100k a year easy. i do as a mechanic, i know my mother does as a warehouse machinery maintenance operations manager or something like that, after putting in the effort and moving up for 7 years. just bought her first house. and if none of those work out, you can always try drug dealing. i hear they make a bank

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US Presidents

How much money does a US president earn?

The US president has earned $400,000 a year since 2001, along with a $150,000 expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account and $19,000 for official entertaining and $10,000 per year in franking expenses (letters and postage). All of the President's salary and expenses are approved by Congress. And all of this - except the $100,000 per year in travel expenses per year and the $10,000 per year in franking expenses - is taxable income.

Obama's total is $569,000

- Salary - $400,000

- Expense Account - $50,000

- Travel Account - $100,000

- Entertainment Account - $19,000

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How much money do golf caddies make?

Professional Caddies are salaried at $1,000 per week plus 5% of the tournament purse, 7% of a top 10 and 10% for a victory. This amounts to a heft paycheck.

Tony Navarro : $442, 548 (June 2006 to June 2007)

Allistair Matheson: $337,888

Damon Green started out as a pro, but became a caddy seeking an increase in pay. His 2006/7 season earned him $367,716; more than his 1994/5 season as a pro golfer.

Steve Williams, caddy for Tiger Woods made an incredible $1.27 million last year. He has been Tiger's caddy since 1999, and recently received a $140,000 Ford GT as a tip. Not bad for an afternoon of work.

We must remember, however, that caddies are responsible for their own lodging expenses; and now that golf is international, that can add up quickly. It's estimated that caddies spend 25% of their earnings on lodging expenses. Even so, they are making a lot of money.

Even non pro caddies can make over $1000 per week, as standard tips can be $50 or $100 per round per bag; considering TPC Sawgrass is $350 to play or one can pay over $500 to play Shadow Creek.

Source: "Top-Earning Caddies" June 11, 2007

See the Related Link below for the complete Forbes article.

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How much money does a pharmacist earn?

United States

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the estimated mean annual wage for pharmacists as of May 2008 is, $104,260. This would amount to $50.13 per hour.


Wages for pharmacists in Australia appear to have stagnated.The award wages for a pharmacist is $812 a week. Pharmacist graduates are the lowest paid university graduates most years. Most pharmacists do earn above the award wage; the average male pharmacist earns $65,000, a female pharmacist averages $56,500. Over recent years, wages have stagnated, and even gone backwards. There are more graduates expected in the next few years making it even harder to get a job. Job security and increase in wages with regards to c.p.i could be unlikely. This is due to the large numbers of pharmacy graduates in recent years, and government desire to lower PBS costs. Contract and casual work is becoming more common. A contract pharmacist is self-employed and often called a locum; these pharmacists may be hired for one shift or for a longer period of time. There are accounts of underemployment and unemployment emerging recently.


The wages in Canada at about CAD $95,000 are slightly better than Australia but not as good as U.S.A. In the fiscal year 2010-2011 the category for foreign pharmacists to migrate to Canada was filled by march 2011. 1000 foreign pharmacists were taken. It seems there could be an over supply of pharmacist in Canada soon as well, some discussion forums speculate that it may no longer be on the NOC list for immigration to Canada.

80, 125,000.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the estimated mean annual wage for pharmacists as of May 2008 is, $104,260. This would amount to $50.13 per hour.

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US Government
US Supreme Court

How much are US Supreme Court justices paid?

As of 2011, the Chief Justice of the United States receives an annual salary of $223,500, and the Associate Justices receive annual salaries of $213,900.

To read how much the first Supreme Court justices earned, see Related Questions, below.

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Sales and Customer Service

How much is all saints employee discount?

$0 because they do it for the lord.

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How much money does a doctor earn?

Salary Calculator ToolThere is a "salary calculator" tool at the website listed under Related Links below.

Enter the job title and zip code for your area and it will provide you with the average salary commensurate with the job.

Also, see the related question (click menu at left).

Be More SpecificIt depends on the doctor type (ex: Brain Surgeon, Family doctor etc.) Also, it depends on the period time. Doctors pay varies by speciality, from as little as $40,000 to as much as $500,000 a year or even more. There are private practices, hospital staff, and consultants.

Also, salary implies the doctor is working for someone else. So, a salary depends on what you are doing to make money for the company the doctor works for. Probably $30,000 to start right out of med school, to millions, if you are treating wealthy people for certain ailments, or have specialized into various types of surgery, or psychiatry, or pharmaceutical research.


United states: $100,000- 120,000

Australia: $90,000- 130,000

Job Training and Career Qualifications
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Veterinary Medicine

How do you become a veterinary technician?

This will vary depending upon the location in which you want to work. In the United States, most states require a veterinary technician to be formally trained and credentialed while other states have no requirements. Either way, most veterinary technicians start as veterinary assistants and get some experience, then go to college (either a 2 year or a 4 year degree program) to receive an associate's or bachelor's degree. In states that require credentialing, they are then required to take and pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam and possibly a state jurisprudence exam and apply to be credentialed.

For specific information on becoming a credentialed veterinary technician, contact your state veterinary technician association or the state agency that credentials veterinary technicians (commonly the state veterinary licensing board).

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Jobs for Pre-Teens

Jobs for 15 yr old boy after school and weekends?

* You can deliver newspapers. * You can work as a baby-sitter. * You can work as an actor or performer in motion pictures, television, theater or radio. * You can work in a business solely owned or operated by your parents. * You can work on a farm owned or operated by your parents.

However, parents are prohibited from employing their children in manufacturing, mining, or any other occupation declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor.

When You Turn 14 . . .

You also can work in an:

* office, * grocery store, * retail store, * restaurant, * movie theater, * baseball park, * amusement park, or * gasoline service station. You generally may not work in:

* communications or public utilities jobs, * construction or repair jobs, * driving a motor vehicle or helping a driver, * manufacturing and mining occupations, * power-driven machinery or hoisting apparatus other than typical office machines, * processing occupations, * public messenger jobs, * transporting of persons or property, * workrooms where products are manufactured, mined or processed, or * warehousing and storage. Different rules apply to farms, and individual States may have stricter rules.

Student Career Experience Program

There is a need to attract diverse and talented students with skills which will be critical to the future workforce needs of the Federal Government. The arrangements for such jobs are developed under the Federal Student Educational Employment Program. That program provides for work-study partnerships between the students, the educational institutions, and various Federal agencies. The value of participating in The Student Career Experience Program is two-fold: 1. It enriches the educational process by giving students relevant job experiences; and, 2. It provides Federal employers with an opportunity to take an active role in developing their future workforce. The Student Career Experience Program gives students a "jump start" in their chosen career fields by providing valuable, paid work experience while they are still in school. After completion of their academic and work requirements, students will be eligible for permanent employment. The Student Career Experience Program Features: * Open to students from high school through graduate or professional schools, including technical and vocational schools; * Provides an opportunity to gain work experience directly related to an academic field of study; * Allows for a flexible work schedule on a part-time or full-time basis; * Allows students to earn leave credit for illness and vacation; and * Includes health and life insurance options Eligibility Requirements: Students are eligible for The Student Career Experience Program if they are: * Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree student (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited institution; and, * At least the minimum age required by Federal, state or local laws and standards governing the employment of minors; and, * Taking at least half-time academic or vocational or technical course load in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school; and * A U.S. citizen or a national (resident of American Samoa or Swains Island). Non-citizens may be eligible for employment if: (1) permitted by a Federal agency's appropriations act; and (2) eligible to work under U.S. immigration laws. U.S. citizenship is required for conversion to permanent employment under this program. Students may contact their school guidance office, career planning and placement office, teachers, or Federal agency employment office where they are interested in working. They may also visit the OPM website at this address:

From other contributors:

* With a work permit from school a 15 yr old is allowed to work 20 hours a week. I had a part time job at a convalescent home in the kitchen, passing trays. I was just 15 yr old and the summer before High School. The convalescent homes are always in need of employees and especially in the kitchen. Tommie's Hamburgers, McDonald's or any fast food place near home is another great option in first jobs/part time work for 15 yr old. Wishing all the 15 yr old who are looking for part time work the best of luck and "My vote of confidence!" * It is quite difficult to find a job that fits that description (especially without a permit) but it is possible with enough effort put into your search. == == * a 15 yr old can babysit and or clean any neighbors house == == * For a 15 yr old it is kind of hard to find a job but you can always go to a neighbors house and ask if they need help with a errand or a job == == * You could try hair salons, cafes, fast food places, shops, bakers or a kids play center. Good Luck == == * This depends mainly upon the area you live in. There is also a major difference between a job and employment. If you're looking for a job (something that will pay you money for working) there are many many opportunities. When in a similar situation, I found an abundance of jobs helping people in my neighborhood with tasks like weeding, raking, mowing lawns, snow shoveling, and other odd jobs. Another way I've made money is refereeing sports. With a little bit of training, it's a great opportunity to enjoy athletics. If you're seeking employment, check out grocery stores, small shops, or other area retailers. Many of them will hire a responsible young person for the hours you're available. You've made a good first step by asking the question, now take some initiative and go ask people and businesses around you. == == * I'm 15 at the moment and I wash up at a pub. Depending on the amount of shifts I get I can make a fair bit of money. == ==

Salary and Pay Rates

How much money do brain surgeons earn?

This varies according to region, level of expertise, and clientele.

Answers from the community include:

  • $500,000 - $550,000
  • $600,000
  • millions, assuming you're a good surgeon.
  • $300,000 - $375,000
  • $800,000 for a typical brain surgeon with good business.
  • $460,000 (from a brain surgeon from a 4-year college)
  • £85,000 in the UK
  • $180,000 - $200,000
  • up to $1,500,000 a year if a talented brain surgeon with 10 years of experience
  • $385,000; half of this goes to malpractice insurance
  • £200,000 when you start then increasing to about £350,000. If you work about 20 years and are really good £500,000 to £956,000 a year.
  • $250,000
  • $600,000
  • $300,000 - $700,000
  • $300,000 - $800,000

In US Academic Medicine:

<3 years experience: $288,000 (25 percentile), $364,000 (Median), $454,000 (75 percentile)

>3 years experience: $347,000 (25 percentile), $451,000 (Median), $586,000 (75 percentile)

Data source: Association of American Medical Colleges. Report on Medical School Faculty Salaries 2007-2008. Washington, DC: Association of American Medical Colleges; 2009

Private/Group practice neurosurgeons are paid directly by insurance companies and so their income is determined by the amount of procedures they bill for. Usually academic salaries tend to be 30-40% less than private/group practice salaries. However, non academic surgeons must pay all overhead costs (office space, help etc..) thus their reported salaries often represent the net earnings of their business and not the individual. I have seen Job offers attempting to recruit neurosurgeons to under-served areas with salary guarantees of over $1,000,000 per year.

This seems impressive but may represent a recruitment tactic, meaning that salary may be guaranteed for a few years but after that the NS makes whatever the income potential in that community actually is. Many neurosurgeons engage in research that leads to patents, these are another source of potential income over and above their base pay. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information's Average Gross Fee-for-Service Payment Report 2005-2006, the average gross fee-for-service payment per neurosurgeon in 2005-06 was $300,393.

Note that this is gross billings and does not take into account deductions for overhead expenses, taxes, etc.

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Job Search

What companies hire felons in Minnesota?

Try Minnesota Wire and Cable, J & L Cable in St. Paul. Oil change places may be an option, except if the offence was car theft. Stryden Staffing in Edina places people in a job moving rentals from one car lot to the other. Stryden has looked at ex-offenders on a case-by-case basis, except for car theft offenses. 1st Choice Employment of White Bear Lake is an open-minded temporary and temp-to-permanent staffing company: They are particularly interested in CNC machinists, welders, and other skilled industrial workers. Also try Vision Staffing Solutions 763-428-2926. They don't have a blanket policy against ex-offenders. If you need to impress these case-by-case employers, show them that you have changed, that you won't reoffend, that you will be a safe and beneficial worker for their business."Joined: 12/08/2008

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National Football League (NFL)

What is the average salary of an NFL football player?

The median salary in the NFL in 2009 was roughly $770,000. In 2008 it was about $720,000. The Steelers have the highest median salary at $1.1 million, the Packers the lowest at $440,000. The Redskins have the highest payroll at $123 million. The Giants have the lowest at $76 million.

The average (arithmetic mean) NFL salary in 2006 was $1.4 million.


Given that the average length of a Gridiron player's career in NFL is 3 years, average Green Bay salary of $440,000 means that after tax they earn less than $1 million total career earnings hampered by the fact there is nowhere else to play as Leagues have folded.

League minimums for years 1994, 1995, 1996.

$108,000, $149,000, $196,000. No guaranteed contracts.

Small Business and Entrepreneurship
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Home-Based Businesses

How much does a nursing home business manager make?

depends on how many people are in the nursing home but if you had about 18 people you'd make about 9,000 $

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US National Guard

Should i join the California air National Guard?

Only you can answer that. Consider everything.

Dieting and Weight Loss
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Weight Watchers

How much do Weight Watchers employees earn?

Less than minimum wage. WW pretends to pay minimum wage, but because of requirements like sending emails to managers, re-ordering supplies, re-stocking, filling out endless paperwork and other various seemingly invisible duties, one tends to make about half of minimum wage (we have one meeting a week here- called a 'traveler' location). The other employees & I agreed it was basically volunteer! Then we found out the CEO makes $650k +bonuses and huge profits for the company. It's great for our community but awful for us. I work about 5-6 hours per week and make $21 before taxes. If you work in a permanent location it may be different.

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What is the salary of a wind technician?

A wind tech is someone that works on wind turbines. A wind technician's job can range from construction to maintenance and repairs on wind turbines. Some sources on AWEA's web site say that for every 10 wind turbines that are built, 1 new wind tech is needed for maintenance and repair. Reports of what they make vary. Some report a high hourly salary with a low per diem that totals around $65,000 per year on average in places with moderate costs of living in the U.S. Others report a medium salary with a high per diem that can total well north of $75,000 a year. Many employers also carry employee health insurance and issue a company truck for work related duties. As with everything, compensation depends on demand from employers which appears to be high. If you would like more information on where you can go to get trained, do a google search for California Wind Tech or go to

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Veterinary Medicine

How much do veterinary technicians earn?

This varies somewhat depending upon geographic location, type of practice, educational level and experience. In general, a newly graduated vet tech with a degree can expect to make $14-$16 per hour while an experienced technician can often make $19-$30 per hour, more with board certification in a specialty.
Vet techs fresh out of school can expect to earn between $12 - $14 in most states. As you gain experience that number goes up. Vet tech salary for those with about 5 years of experience earn between $36k - $40k per year on average.
The median annual income for veterinary technicians was $28,000 per year in 2008. This number obviously goes up as you can more experience, knowledge, and skills.

Median hourly earnings of veterinary technologists and technicians were $12.88 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.44 and $15.77. The bottom 10 percent earned less than $8.79, and the top 10 percent earned more than $18.68.

Veterinary technicians average between $30,000-$45,000 a year. Education, experience, location and type of practice all affect the yearly earnings. A licensed veterinary technician averages $17 an hour.
Veterinary technicians average between $30,000-$45,000 a year. A licensed veterinary technician averages $17 an hour. Education, experience, location and type of practice all affect the yearly earnings.
Law & Legal Issues
Divorce and Marriage Law
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Why do some lawyers have a PC after their name?

It means professional corporation. Basically liability protection.

Some other examples:

A Law Corporation name must include an ending designation such as: A Professional Corporation, A

Professional Law Corporation, Professional Corporation, Professional Law Corporation, Law

Corporation, APC, A.P.C., PC, P.C., Prof. Corp., A Professional Legal Corporation, Professional Legal

Corporation, A Legal Corporation, Inc., Incorporated, Corporation, A California Professional

Corporation, L.C., Ltd., Limited, P.A., and Professional Association.


The designation rules vary by state.

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How much money do golf instructors make?

round about £10,000

Super Bowl
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National Football League (NFL)

How much do NFL players get paid for winning the Super Bowl?

Besides winning the famous Vince Lombardi Trophy, the winning team of the Super Bowl gets a serious cash bonus. Under the NFL's current agreement with the players, each player will get $92,000 for winning the Super Bowl. This agreement is for the 2014 Super Bowl. The losing team, received $46,000.

Keep in mind that this is the minimum bonus guaranteed by the NFL Players Association. Other star players and MVPs might have millions more written into their contracts.

Other information about Super Bowl bonuses:

  • Winners of the 2012 Super Bowl (XLVI) received $88,000 and the losers took home $44,000. The amount continues to grow.
  • Winners of the 2010 Super Bowl (XLIV) received $83,000 and losers took home $42,000. The amount has grown every year. In the first Super Bowl, the winners took home $15,000 and losers got $7,500.
  • For Super Bowl XLI, each Indianapolis Colts' player received $73,000 for winning the Super Bowl and each Chicago Bears' player received $38,000.
  • For Super Bowl XLII, the Giants share was $78,000 per player for winning the game and the Patriots share was $40,000 per player for losing.
  • According to NBC Sports Feb 5, 2005 Report: The winning team gets $68,000 and a ring and losing team gets $36,500.
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How much money does a lawyer earn?

From the U.S. Department of Labor:

In May 2008, the median annual wages of all wage-and-salaried lawyers were $110,590. The middle half of the occupation earned between $74,980 and $163,320.

Additional input from contributors:

  • Lawyers will all earn different amounts depending on the city, the types of clients served, and how much he or she is willing to work. However, family lawyers tend to be paid less than other types of lawyers. A reasonable range for a family lawyer in a medium to large city would be $100,000-$200,000.
  • Lawyers can earn anywhere between $250K - $350K but it depends on how much the lawyers charge you.
  • In actuality your salary depends on your experience. 1 year of experience normally pays from 40k-80k 1-4 years pays about 60k-90k 5-9 years pays about 80k-120k 10-19 years pays about 80k-140k 20+ years 85k-157k (Although it is true that some lawyers get payed much more than this these are a very few kind of like Bill Gates vs every other entrepreneur that has ever failed.) Also all of these figures are based off of my resource-
  • There are a number of variables that go into answering a question such as this. As a soon to be graduated law student, I can answer what typical starting pay is like for a first year associate. Private practice starting salaries vary GREATLY by city and size of the firm. Cities such as New York and Washington tend to pay top dollar. Large firms in these markets are starting first year associates out at $160,000/year. Large firms in secondary markets such as Cleveland, Denver, and Minneapolis are starting their associates out at around $120,000. As a general rule, the smaller the firm in the smaller the city, the less your starting salary will be. For example firms in my hometown of 200,000 are starting their first year associates at around $70-$75,000. I have even heard of some firms paying as low as $35,000 to their first year associates.
  • Future/current law students - please do not be misled by these large starting salary figures. Landing a job that pays even $70-75,000 is not an easy task. Because in law school, there is a strict curve, firms know what percentile of the class that you are in. The top paying firms recruit only from the top of the class at the top law schools. If you are at the bottom or even near the middle of your class in a lower-ranked law school, do not expect to make these kinds of figures unless you have a special asset that the firm needs.
  • There is a common misconception in America that if you go to law school, you will earn a high salary. The truth is that an overwhelming amount of law students graduate without jobs in the legal field. To land a job at a top paying firm will take hard work while attending a respectable law school. So the moral is, work hard and it can pay off. Don't slack around because your $90,000 investment into grad school may become a huge burden when you have to repay those loans while flipping burgers at McDonald's.
  • 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.
  • 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 ideology.
  • 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.
  • That's a question for which there can be no specific answer as there are many variables. The type of field and practice, criminal, civil, prosecutor, defense, non profit organization, public, private practice or firm, geographical area and so forth. And of course experience usually applies in any type of employment or profession.
  • Different types of legal employers generally have different pay scales. Private practice usually pays more than government. Government usually pays more than not-for-profits. However, many factors affect salaries of attorneys in private practice. One factor is the size of the firm, small medium or large. Large firms generally pay more. That is not to say that attorneys at some small boutique firms don't make just as much, if not more, than lawyers at big firms. That does happen, but on a average big firms pay more. To get into a big firm, you can do it right out of(or during) law school but you generally need to come out of a school with a good reputation and/or have really good grades. A school with a lesser reputation has less of their students making it to big firms but those graduating at the top of their class and participating in journals, law review or moot court competitions can make it into a big firm. It is also possible to get in the back door of a big firm after a few years of practice. Experience and proven success in a specialized area may open the door. Another factor is what type of law you practice. Some areas of the law simply deal with clients that have more money. Corporate and financial related cases often deal with deep pockets therefore pay well. Lawyers advising small businesses naturally will charge less than the corporate attorneys. Other areas may have drastic pay differences within themselves, such as criminal or family law(divorce) This is due to factors such as the attorney's reputation. Another factor is geography. Northeast and west coast pay well as do cities versus rural areas. Experience also makes a difference. A senior person bills at a higher rate than a junior person, therefore, a senior person will be compensated more. An equity partner makes more than a non-equity partner which makes more than an associate.
  • The best resource for this topic would be You can find information on salaries there. In Boston (2007) many large firms are adopting the salary scales of their New York offices. Three of the larger firms have starting salaries for first year associates at $160,000 plus a year end bonus. Bonuses usually start out at fixed rates for the first few years (as long as you complete a minimum amount of billable hours) and then become more discretionary as you achieve seniority. Many other firms start at $125,000 - $145,000 plus bonus, so the figures that you see in the paragraphs above don't reflect what can be earned at large law firms. However, these firms are very competitive and difficult to get into. After remaining at a law firm for eight years or so you can make partner. There are two levels of "partnership" at many firms. We'll call them "regular" and "money" partners. Regular partners can make salaries around $500 - $800,000, but do not directly share in the company's profits. "Money" partners make similar salaries, but they also split up the firm's profits as their year end bonuses which are much larger than everyone else's bonuses. It is not unusual for lawyers at this level to make $1 - 4 million per year.

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