Salaries of Lawyers in USA



Lawyers are among the highest paid professionals in USA.As of 2017, the median salary of a qualified lawyer was averaging $160,000 annually. This pay, however, vary depending on factors we are going to discuss below.

A lawyer who is fresh from college is employed by various top law firms in the US.This lawyer is given the following responsibilities:

  1. Advise clients in business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  2. Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
  3. Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  4. Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  5. Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.

With the following roles, he/she will be paid a monthly salary upward $8,000 per month. This salary stagnates for close to one year when they are allowed to negotiate their pay.

After gaining experience, the lawyer’s salary improves to a minimum $10,000 in the first year of employment. This salary however depends on the state and the law firm a lawyer works for.

Highest paying law firms pay their junior lawyers starting salary of $145,000 while the lowest paying firms pay $110,000.

Experienced lawyers earn between $150,000-$200,000 annually.

Several lawyers have given their testimonies and revealed how much they earn in a year.

“I am Lisa and I work for a Law Firm in New York. I graduated with LLB in 2013 and I was absorbed into this company after completing my school. My initial pay was $125,000 per annum and I earned this amount of one year. Since then my salary has been on the rise, reaching a maximum $146,100 per year.Currently,I earn a median salary of $146,100 and I expect to earn more in the coming year”

Martin also works for a Law Firm in California and revealed to us what he takes home in a month.

“I possess legal experience spanning 7 years. My current annual pay is $168,200.This salary is inclusive of bonuses and commissions”

To be a lawyer in USA you have to pursue a degree in Law from a recognized institution and acquire legal skills from a recognized law firm.