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Updated May 2019: The following matrix provides a breakdown of salaries of legal professionals working in the United States.  The data reflect the low to high range of the national averages. Differences in salaries as they vary among legal markets may be determined by multiplying the salary by the percentage indicated in the Regional Variances chart at the bottom of this page.  We are hopeful you find this information useful.

  • Attorney (Law Firm)
  • Licensed (10-12 yrs)
  • Licensed (4-9 yrs)
  • Licensed (1-3 yrs)
  • First Year
  • Paralegal
  • Senior/Supervising
  • Midlevel
  • Junior
  • Case Clerk
  • Legal Management
  • Administrator/Office
  • Legal Secretary
  • Senior Executive (12+ yrs)
  • Midlevel (7-11 yrs)
  • Legal (3-6 yrs)
  • Junior (1-2 yrs)

  • Legal Specialist
  • Legal Specialist
  • General Administrative
  • General Administrative
  • Definitions and Variances
  • Regional Variances
  • Law Firm Definitions
 
Attorney
 
2018
2019
% Change
Senior Attorney (10+ years' exp.)
 
Large law firm
$219,000
-
$301,250
$226,250
-
$311,500
3.4%
Midsize law firm
$195,500
-
$284,750
$204,500
-
$297,750
4.6%
Small/midsize law firm
$152,500
-
$210,500
$159,000
-
$219,500
4.2%
Small law firm
$101,000
-
$166,250
$128,00
-
$181,000
4.7%
Licensed Attorney (4-9 years' exp.)
 
Large law firm
$181,000
-
$244,250
$186,500
-
$251,500
3.0%
Midsize law firm
$153,000
-
$219,750
$160,250
-
$230,500
4.9%
Small/midsize law firm
$121,500
-
$193,500
$128,500
-
$205,000
5.9%
Small law firm
$90,500
-
$150,000
$95,000
-
$157,750
5.1%
Licensed Attorney (1-3 years' exp.)
 
Large law firm
$130,750
-
$174,000
$134,000
-
$178,250
2.4%
Midsize law firm
$101,000
-
$139,250
$104,500
-
$144,000
3.4%
Small/midsize law firm
$76,750
-
$117,500
$78,750
-
$120,500
2.5%
Small law firm
$68,750
-
$98,250
$72,000
-
$103,000
4.9%
First Year Associate
 
Large law firm
$129,250
-
$158,500
$137,500
-
$168,500
6.4%
Midsize law firm
$86,750
-
$120,000
$92,500
-
$128,000
6.6%
Small/midsize law firm
$66,500
-
$94,500
$69,750
-
$99,250
5.0%
Small law firm
$58,000
-
$84,000
$62,250
-
$90,500
7.5%
 
Paralegal
 
2018
2019
% Change
Senior/Supervising Paralegal/Legal Asst. (7+ years' exp.)
 
Large law firm
$74,750
-
$105,000
$76,250
-
$107,250
2.1%
Midsize law firm
$73,250
-
$90,000
$74,750
-
$92,000
2.0%
Small/midsize law firm
$65,250
-
$81,250
$66,750
-
$83,000
2.3%
Small law firm
$55,000
-
$74,250
$55,750
-
$75,250
1.4%
Midlevel Paralegal/Legal Asst. (4-6 years' exp.)
 
Large law firm
$62,500
-
$81,500
$66,500
-
$83,250
2.0%
Midsize law firm
$64,000
-
$79,250
$65,500
-
$81,250
2.4%
Small/midsize law firm
$58,250
-
$73,000
$59,250
-
$74,500
2.0%
Small law firm
$48,500
-
$65,750
$50,000
-
$67,500
2.8%
Junior Paralegal/Legal Asst. (2-3 years' exp.)
 
Large law firm
$47,750
-
$63,000
$48,750
-
$64,250
2.1%
Midsize law firm
$45,500
-
$60,500
$46,500
-
$62,000
2.2%
Small/midsize law firm
$43,250
-
$56,000
$44,000
-
$56,750
1.5%
Small law firm
$36,250
-
$43,750
$37,750
-
$44,500
1.9%
Case Clerk/Assistant (0-2 years' exp.)
 
Large law firm
$37,000
-
$47,500
$37,250
-
$48,000
1.1%
Midsize law firm
$35,250
-
$45,750
$35,500
-
$46,000
0.9%
Small/midsize law firm
$33,000
-
$31,750
$33,500
-
$42,500
1.5%
Small law firm
$31,750
-
$36,250
$32,250
-
$36,750
1.6%
 
Legal Management
 
2018
2019
% Change
Administrator/Office Manager
 
Large law firm
$96,750
-
$158,000
$98,250
-
$160,250
1.4%
Midsize law firm
$80,500
-
$120,000
$82,250
-
$123,000
2.4%
Small/midsize law firm
$69,500
-
$98,250
$70,500
-
$99,750
1.4%
Small law firm
$55,000
-
$76,000
$56,250
-
$77,750
2.2%
 
Legal Secretary
 
2018
2019
% Change
Senior/Executive Legal Secretary (12+ years' exp.)
 
Large law firm
$65,000
-
$76,500
$65,750
-
$77,500
1.4%
Midsize law firm
$61,500
-
$74,500
$62,250
-
$75,500
1.2%
Small/midsize law firm
$54,750
-
$67,500
$56,000
-
$69,000
2.0%
Small law firm
$50,000
-
$64,000
$50,500
-
$64,500
0.9%
Midlevel Legal Secretary (7-11 years' exp.)
 
Large law firm
$60,250
-
$74,250
$60,500
-
$74,750
0.6%
Midsize law firm
$58,250
-
$69,500
$58,250
-
$69,750
0.2%
Small/midsize law firm
$50,000
-
$65,250
$50,250
-
$65,750
0.7%
Small law firm
$47,000
-
$61,500
$47,250
-
$61,750
0.5%
Legal Secretary (3-6 years' exp.)
 
Large law firm
$53,500
-
$65,250
$53,750
-
$65,500
0.5%
Midsize law firm
$50,750
-
$62,000
$51,000
-
$62,500
0.8%
Small/midsize law firm
$47,000
-
$59,250
$47,500
-
$59,750
0.8%
Small law firm
$41,250
-
$52,000
$41,500
-
$52,250
0.6%
Junior Legal Secretary (1-2 years' exp.)
 
Large law firm
$41,000
-
$50,000
$41,500
-
$50,500
0.9%
Midsize law firm
$38,750
-
$48,000
$39,250
-
$48,500
1.2%
Small/midsize law firm
$36,250
-
$43,500
$36,750
-
$44,000
1.6%
Small law firm
$33,000
-
$41,750
$33,750
-
$42,500
1.7%
 
Legal Specialist
 
2018
2019
% Change
Legal Specialist
 
Lease Administrator
$65,500
-
$86,750
$67,250
-
$89,250
3.0%
Docket/Calendar Clerk
$36,500
-
$53,500
$37,000
-
$54,000
0.9%
Librarian
$48,250
-
$76,250
$48,500
-
$76,500
0.4%
File/Records Clerk
$30,750
-
$41,250
$31,000
-
$41,500
0.7%
Contract Administrator
 
Contract Administrator (4+ years' exp.)
$80,500
-
$123,750
$81,750
-
$125,750
1.6%
Contract Administrator (1-3 years' exp.)
$58,750
-
$81,500
$59,500
-
$82,500
1.3%
 
General Administrative
 
2018
2019
% Change
General Administrative
 
Legal Word Processor
$45,250
-
$60,250
$46,750
-
$62,250
3.2%
Office Clerk
$30,000
-
$43,000
$30,500
-
$43,750
1.7%
Legal Receptionist
$31,500
-
$42,250
$32,000
-
$42,750
1.2%
 
The salary ranges indicated above reflect the national averages for legal professionals within the United States. To determine the salary range for a given locality, multiply the salary by the locality percentage listed below. Please note that the locality index percentages listed below are based upon salary data from all industries (i.e. the percentages listed below are not specific to the legal industry); therefore, actual market values for legal professionals' salaries in a given locality may vary based upon market conditions.
Regional Variances (Listed in %)
 
New England
States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Boston, MA
134.0
Hartford, CT
117.0
Manchester, NH
112.0
Newhaven, CT
112.0
Portland, ME
95.0
Providence, RI
101.5
Springfield, MA
101.0
Stamford, CT/White Plains, NY
131.0
 
Middle Atlantic
States: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania

Albany, NY
96.0
Buffalo, NY
93.5
Harrisburg, PA
95.0
Long Island, NY
120.0
Mount Laurel, NJ
115.0
New York, NY
140.5
Paramus, NJ
130.0
Philadelphia, PA
115.0
Pittsburgh, PA
98.0
Rochester, NY
93.5
Syracuse, NY
90.3
Woodbridge, NJ
126.5
 
South Atlantic
States: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia

Atlanta, GA
106.0
Baltimore, MD
103.0
Charleston, SC
95.0
Charlotte, NC
102.0
Columbia, SC
93.5
Fort Myers, FL
91.0
Greensboro, NC
100.0
Greenville, SC
94.0
Jacksonville, FL
96.0
Macon, GA
82.0
Melbourne, FL
90.5
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL
106.0
Orlando, FL
101.0
Raleigh, NC
104.0
Richmond, VA
98.5
Savannah, GA
85.0
St. Petersburg, FL
97.0
Tampa, FL
99.5
Tysons Corner, VA
132.0
Washington, DC
133.0
Wilmington, DE
105.0
 
East North Central
States: Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin

Akron, OH
89.0
Ann Arbor, MI
101.0
Appleton, WI
85.0
Canton, OH
82.0
Chicago, IL
123.5
Cincinnati, OH
97.5
Cleveland, OH
96.0
Columbus, OH
98.0
Dayton, OH
87.0
Detroit, MI
99.0
Grand Rapids, MI
85.5
Green Bay, WI
86.5
Lansing, MI
85.0
Madison, WI
98.5
Milwaukee, WI
99.0
Naperville, IL
112.0
Rockford, IL
85.0
Springfield, IL
91.0
Toledo, OH
85.5
Waukesha, WI
100.0
Youngstown, OH
76.0
 
West North Central
States: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

Bloomington, MN
106.5
Cedar Falls/Waterloo, IA
87.0
Cedar Rapids, IA
94.0
Davenport, IA
95.0
Des Moines, IA
101.0
Duluth, MN
79.6
Kansas City, MO
99.5
Lincoln, NE
87.0
Minneapolis, MN
107.0
Omaha, NE
100.0
Rochester, MN
102.0
Sioux City, IA
84.0
St. Cloud, MN
86.0
St. Joseph, MO
90.0
St. Louis, MO
100.5
St. Paul, MN
104.0
 
East South Central
States: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee

Birmingham, AL
95.0
Chattanooga, TN
89.0
Knoxville, TN
89.0
Lexington, KY
91.5
Louisville, KY
92.0
Memphis, TN
95.0
Mobile, AL
86.0
Nashville, TN
99.5
 
West South Central
States: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
Austin, TX
109.0
Dallas, TX
110.0
El Paso, TX
72.0
Fayetteville, AR
95.0
Fort Worth, TX
109.0
Houston, TX
108.0
Little Rock, AR
95.0
Midland/Odessa, TX
110.0
New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA
99.0
Oklahoma City, OK
93.0
San Antonio, TX
101.0
Tulsa, OK
93.0
 
Mountain
States: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

Albuquerque, NM
91.5
Boise, ID
89.0
Boulder, CO
117.5
Colorado Springs, CO
96.5
Denver, CO
109.0
Fort Collins, CO
98.0
Greeley, CO
89.0
Las Vegas, NV
102.0
Loveland, CO
95.0
Phoenix, AZ
115.0
Pueblo, CO
83.0
Reno, NV
101.0
Salt Lake City, UT
106.0
Tucson, AZ
107.0
 
Pacific
States: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington

Fresno, CA
92.0
Honolulu, HI
107.0
Irvine, CA
128.0
Los Angeles, CA
132.0
Oakland, CA
132.0
Ontario, CA
120.0
Portland, OR
109.0
Sacramento, CA
106.0
San Diego, CA
127.0
San Francisco, CA
141.0
San Jose, CA
138.5
Santa Barbara, CA
127.0
Santa Rosa, CA
122.0
Seattle, WA
125.0
Spokane, WA
82.0
Stockton, CA
87.0
 
Law Firm Definitions
# of Attorneys
Large law firm
75+
Midsize law firm
35-75
Small/midsize law firm
10-35
Small law firm
Up to 10 Attorneys
 
Salary and economic data presented on this page come from compensation consultants, industry organizations, and trade publications, as well as from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics

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