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    Lawyer salary

    Lawyers earned a median salary of $118,160 in 2016, according to the BLS. The best-paid lawyers earned $208,000 or more a year, while the lowest-paid made $56,910.
    What is the Outlook for Lawyers?
    The BLS projects 74,800 new jobs will open in the field by the year 2026. Attorney jobs are set to grow 9 percent by 2026, compared to 10 percent growth for other legal occupations. The law field is growing in a few areas. The BLS projects an increase of lawyers in the areas of financial and insurance firms, consulting firms and health care providers.
    The BLS projects 74,800 new jobs will open in the field by the year 2026. Attorney jobs are set to grow 9 percent by 2026, compared to 10 percent growth for other legal occupations. The law field is growing in a few areas. The BLS projects an increase of lawyers in the areas of financial and insurance firms, consulting firms and health care providers.
    Best Paying Cities for Lawyers
    The highest paid in the lawyer profession work in the metropolitan areas of San Jose, California, San Rafael, California, and Bridgeport, Connecticut. The San Francisco area also pays well, as does the city of Houston.
    In addition to region and education, factors such as specialty, industry and employer affect a lawyer’s salary. The top-paying industries with the highest average annual salaries for this career are scheduled air transportation ($214,630), industrial machinery manufacturing ($209,020), beer, wine and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers ($205,500), semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing ($196,380), and cable and other subscription programming ($195,270). An attorney employed by a large firm or private practice is likely to work more than 40 hours a week.
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Q: How much does a lawyer make per month?
    A: The median salary of a lawyer is approximately $9,847 a month, which amounts to $118,160 a year.
    Q: Do lawyers who own private practices or partners in law firms have a higher salary?
    A: Partners in law firms generally earn more than lawyers who own private practices.
    Average Lawyer Pay vs. Other Best Jobs
    Lawyers earned an average annual salary of $139,880 in 2016, which is substantially more than the salary of any other occupation on our list of Best Social Service Jobs. For example, paralegals earned an average salary of $53,180 in 2016. Jobs with pay that is more akin to the salary of a lawyer include political scientists ($112,250), financial managers ($139,720) and actuaries ($114,120).