Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Private Practice Taken by the Class of 2012

September 2013

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Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Private Practice Taken by the Class of 2012
Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Firms of 2 - 10 Lawyers Taken by the Class of 2012
Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Firms of 11 - 25 Lawyers Taken by the Class of 2012
Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Firms of 26 - 50 Lawyers Taken by the Class of 2012
Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Firms of 51 - 100 Lawyers Taken by the Class of 2012
Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Firms of 101 - 250 Lawyers Taken by the Class of 2012
Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Firms of 251+ Lawyers Taken by the Class of 2012





Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Private Practice Taken by the Class of 2012

  PERCENTILE 90% of Reported
Salaries Fell in
the Range:
Mean
Salary
# of
Salaries
Reported
25th Median 75th
AK $75,000 $76,714 7
AL $50,000 75,000 $105,000 $34,560 - 110,000 73,957 113
AR 41,600 50,000 70,000 33,280 - 80,000 54,576 43
AZ 55,000 75,000 115,000 40,000 - 120,000 81,900 103
CA 70,000 135,000 160,000 41,600 - 160,000 114,655 1,541
CO 55,000 70,000 110,000 40,000 - 160,000 81,684 154
CT 50,000 70,000 96,500 35,000 - 125,000 74,957 93
DC 160,000 160,000 160,000 75,000 - 160,000 149,042 655
DE 95,000 145,000 145,000 55,000 - 160,000 125,405 42
FL 50,000 60,000 78,000 35,000 - 135,000 67,623 613
GA 50,000 63,000 125,000 37,000 - 140,000 79,968 337
HI 60,000 82,500 87,500 45,000 - 90,000 75,731 13
IA 42,000 55,000 71,000 30,000 - 95,000 57,555 59
ID 45,000 53,000 65,000 24,000 - 96,000 56,125 16
IL 50,000 85,000 160,000 36,400 - 160,000 102,604 730
IN 50,000 65,000 100,000 40,000 - 105,000 71,342 113
KS 45,000 50,000 60,000 36,000 - 100,000 55,040 62
KY 42,000 50,000 70,000 30,000 - 97,000 57,647 94
LA 50,000 65,000 90,000 40,000 - 100,000 68,031 169
MA 65,000 155,000 160,000 38,000 - 160,000 121,004 343
MD 50,000 60,000 75,000 35,000 - 150,000 70,206 128
ME 52,000 62,300 75,000 31,000 - 80,000 61,053 15
MI 45,000 60,000 100,000 30,000 - 115,000 68,685 178
MN 50,000 70,000 110,000 37,800 - 125,000 79,741 179
MO 45,000 62,000 110,000 35,000 - 125,000 74,622 139
MS 50,000 79,000 100,000 33,500 - 106,000 75,075 40
MT 48,000 50,000 55,000 36,000 - 60,000 50,309 34
NC 45,000 65,000 115,000 35,000 - 135,000 77,012 188
ND 42,000 50,000 53,000 30,000 - 62,000 48,038 13
NE 47,750 63,750 85,000 34,000 - 100,000 64,483 52
NH 44,750 57,500 77,000 40,000 - 91,000 60,800 20
NJ 52,500 75,000 120,000 45,000 - 140,000 87,690 125
NM 50,000 60,000 70,000 40,000 - 82,000 59,947 47
NV 62,000 76,400 90,000 44,000 - 135,000 82,243 78
NY 100,000 160,000 160,000 45,000 - 160,000 133,056 2,111
OH 50,000 78,000 105,000 35,000 - 145,000 81,124 269
OK 45,000 55,000 85,000 36,000 - 100,000 62,584 118
OR 54,000 70,000 105,000 36,000 - 115,000 77,063 69
PA 55,000 85,000 130,000 35,000 - 145,000 90,761 339
RI 37,440 45,000 55,000 31,000 - 65,000 47,580 21
SC 38,000 47,000 75,000 30,000 - 100,000 58,233 82
SD 46,000 52,000 61,500 32,000 - 80,000 53,150 10
TN 49,000 65,000 93,500 35,000 - 110,000 68,986 144
TX 60,000 86,000 160,000 40,000 - 160,000 101,520 759
UT 56,000 70,000 101,000 40,000 - 120,000 76,806 65
VA 50,000 65,000 120,000 36,000 - 150,000 81,937 170
VT 40,000 43,750 52,000 33,000 - 65,000 46,571 14
WA 50,000 72,800 110,000 37,440 - 160,000 81,770 149
WI 48,000 60,000 115,000 32,000 - 130,000 75,053 131
WV 55,000 68,000 75,000 33,000 - 76,000 63,267 73
WY 50,000 54,000 60,000 36,000 - 80,000 54,538 13

Note: Average and median salaries shown in this table are not adjusted for disproportionate coverage. Thus, upward bias in these figures can be expected to varying degrees, depending on the state’s law firm employment profile. In general, states where the that profile most closely matches the national profile have the greatest potential for bias. Averages and medians for states with few or no large firm jobs will be largely free of bias. Likewise, figures for states where the percentage of jobs in large law firms is relatively high will be less subject to bias than states offering a mix of both large and small firm jobs.
Note: Figures are based on salaries reported for full-time jobs lasting at least a year. Only medians and means are shown if fewer than ten salaries were reported.
Source: NALP Employment Report and Salary Survey for the Class of 2012





Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Firms of
2 - 10 Lawyers Taken by the Class of 2012

  PERCENTILE 90% of Reported
Salaries Fell in
the Range:
Mean
Salary
# of
Salaries
Reported
25th Median 75th
AK $70,000 $69,400 5
AL $40,000 50,000 $60,000 $30,000 - 80,000 51,283 42
AR 40,000 45,500 60,000 24,000 - 70,000 48,911 26
AZ 50,000 60,000 70,000 40,000 - 83,200 60,045 44
CA 48,000 60,000 72,000 35,000 - 100,000 61,927 386
CO 50,000 60,000 65,000 38,000 - 85,000 58,067 70
CT 48,000 55,000 70,000 31,000 - 85,000 56,956 45
DC 55,000 70,000 80,000 31,200 - 120,000 71,639 35
DE 63,000 93,111 9
FL 44,500 50,000 60,000 30,000 - 90,000 54,490 272
GA 45,000 52,000 60,000 30,000 - 85,000 53,918 118
HI 60,000 60,000 5
IA 40,000 43,500 50,000 30,000 - 60,000 44,355 26
ID 36,000 45,000 56,000 24,000 - 70,000 47,200 10
IL 42,000 50,000 60,000 30,000 - 80,000 51,527 220
IN 42,900 50,000 60,000 31,200 - 75,000 52,395 43
KS 40,000 50,000 53,000 36,000 - 75,000 51,571 42
KY 36,000 42,750 50,000 30,000 - 60,000 43,915 46
LA 45,000 50,000 65,000 36,000 - 85,000 55,740 91
MA 40,000 50,000 60,000 30,000 - 75,000 49,456 62
MD 46,500 50,000 57,000 33,290 - 75,000 52,130 67
ME 48,500 48,000 6
MI 40,000 45,000 55,000 25,000 - 95,000 49,481 68
MN 45,000 50,000 60,000 30,000 - 75,000 52,520 69
MO 40,000 45,000 55,000 30,000 - 80,000 48,982 57
MS 42,000 50,000 60,000 26,000 - 78,000 51,235 17
MT 45,500 50,000 51,000 36,000 - 60,000 48,625 24
NC 40,000 45,000 55,000 30,000 - 75,000 49,396 93
ND 50,000 47,667 9
NE 42,500 47,500 55,000 31,200 - 70,000 48,765 23
NH 42,000 45,000 50,000 40,000 - 100,000 51,950 10
NJ 45,000 50,000 60,000 32,000 - 100,000 56,612 47
NM 50,000 50,000 60,000 40,000 - 74,000 54,478 23
NV 60,000 68,000 76,800 30,000 - 225,000 77,061 37
NY 40,000 50,000 60,000 30,000 - 95,000 53,158 273
OH 40,000 50,000 55,000 24,000 - 70,000 47,861 73
OK 45,000 48,000 60,000 36,000 - 95,000 53,018 68
OR 48,000 53,250 65,000 35,000 - 79,200 56,971 24
PA 40,000 47,500 55,000 26,000 - 75,000 48,587 93
RI 36,920 40,250 51,000 30,000 - 65,000 43,542 16
SC 35,000 40,800 49,000 30,000 - 65,000 42,832 44
SD 49,000 46,167 6
TN 36,000 48,000 60,000 30,000 - 80,000 48,653 59
TX 50,000 60,000 65,000 32,400 - 90,000 59,491 265
UT 48,000 60,000 72,000 30,000 - 105,000 61,854 35
VA 45,000 50,000 60,000 30,000 - 72,500 51,891 80
VT 39,250 40,000 48,000 33,000 - 65,000 43,917 12
WA 47,400 50,000 60,000 35,000 - 94,500 55,783 71
WI 40,000 48,000 51,750 30,000 - 65,000 46,779 52
WV 40,000 50,000 60,000 28,000 - 80,000 50,158 19
WY 47,500 52,000 57,500 36,000 - 70,000 52,417 12

Note: Figures are based on salaries reported for full-time jobs lasting at least a year. Only medians and means are shown if fewer than ten salaries were reported.
Source: NALP Employment Report and Salary Survey for the Class of 2012





Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Firms of
11 - 25 Lawyers Taken by the Class of 2012

  PERCENTILE 90% of Reported
Salaries Fell in
the Range:
Mean
Salary
# of
Salaries
Reported
25th Median 75th
AL $52,500 $75,000 $85,000 $42,000 - 100,000 $72,227 11
AR 42,500 50,500 7
AZ 50,000 55,000 70,000 40,000 - 115,000 63,557 14
CA 60,000 70,000 80,000 41,600 - 110,000 72,503 149
CO 53,000 65,000 70,000 38,000 - 115,000 66,507 15
CT 51,000 55,000 75,000 45,000 - 120,000 64,500 12
DC 60,000 90,000 100,000 40,000 - 130,000 84,786 14
FL 50,000 55,000 65,000 44,000 - 90,000 59,824 105
GA 56,000 62,000 70,000 45,000 - 100,000 66,435 31
IA 45,000 55,000 60,000 30,000 - 95,000 56,529 17
IL 50,000 57,750 67,000 36,400 - 100,000 61,733 82
IN 50,000 55,000 70,000 47,000 - 100,000 62,842 19
KS 53,000 55,111 9
KY 40,000 47,750 50,000 38,750 - 90,000 50,304 14
LA 65,000 71,000 80,000 60,000 - 95,000 73,386 22
MA 50,000 55,000 70,000 42,000 - 75,000 58,037 27
MD 65,000 70,000 70,000 42,800 - 78,000 65,724 17
MI 35,000 47,500 60,000 29,120 - 82,000 50,476 22
MN 46,000 52,000 62,000 30,000 - 91,000 56,263 19
MO 48,000 56,250 65,000 38,000 - 94,000 57,167 18
MS 80,000 78,000 5
MT 53,500 51,929 7
NC 52,000 58,000 75,000 45,000 - 120,000 70,154 13
NE 50,000 65,000 75,000 47,500 - 100,000 68,692 13
NJ 55,000 60,000 70,000 48,000 - 90,000 63,962 13
NM 50,000 57,500 69,000 30,000 - 70,000 57,591 11
NV 65,000 74,000 9
NY 50,000 60,000 70,000 35,000 - 110,000 62,759 87
OH 44,000 55,000 70,000 35,000 - 96,000 57,919 37
OK 42,500 54,500 60,000 40,000 - 90,000 57,264 22
OR 48,000 60,000 70,000 34,560 - 115,000 61,219 14
PA 48,000 62,250 68,500 42,500 - 105,000 63,668 28
SC 38,000 40,000 70,000 38,000 - 125,000 61,133 15
TN 56,000 75,000 100,000 35,000 - 110,000 75,125 16
TX 62,000 75,000 90,000 40,000 - 118,800 77,881 108
UT 60,000 78,071 7
VA 52,000 70,000 105,000 40,000 - 130,000 78,867 22
WA 55,000 75,000 95,000 40,000 - 101,000 74,424 15
WI 47,000 55,000 60,000 45,000 - 110,000 59,385 13

Note: Figures are based on salaries reported for full-time jobs lasting at least a year. States with fewer than five salaries reported are not included in this table. Only medians and means are shown if fewer than ten salaries were reported.
Source: NALP Employment Report and Salary Survey for the Class of 2012





Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Firms of 26 - 50 Lawyers
Taken by the Class of 2012

  PERCENTILE 90% of Reported
Salaries Fell in
the Range:
Mean
Salary
# of
Salaries
Reported
25th Median 75th
AL $80,000 $80,222 9
AZ 115,000 107,800 5
CA $70,000 80,000 $90,000 $50,000 - 145,000 84,266 78
CO 63,000 81,000 100,000 40,000 - 110,000 78,426 19
DC 89,000 120,000 130,000 18,000 - 165,000 111,933 15
FL 55,000 65,000 75,000 37,500 - 100,000 65,569 51
GA 60,000 65,000 115,000 37,500 - 115,000 76,522 23
IA 75,000 76,278 9
IL 52,000 72,500 85,000 45,000 - 150,000 78,369 42
IN 65,000 75,500 85,100 60,000 - 90,000 75,767 12
KS 65,000 65,300 5
KY 44,000 52,000 65,000 44,000 - 80,000 55,500 11
LA 75,000 86,000 95,000 60,000 - 102,000 83,696 23
MA 64,000 78,000 105,000 45,000 - 135,000 84,848 25
MD 64,000 65,000 85,000 32,000 - 125,000 73,611 17
MI 50,000 55,000 65,000 30,000 - 120,000 60,735 17
MN 56,250 63,500 105,000 55,000 - 172,725 82,435 12
MO 80,000 80,500 8
NC 67,250 73,000 93,500 52,500 - 118,000 80,406 16
NE 86,000 80,417 6
NM 70,000 70,000 7
NV 80,000 80,000 80,400 52,000 - 107,000 81,147 15
NY 55,000 65,000 82,000 46,000 - 145,000 75,016 90
OH 62,500 72,500 90,000 45,000 - 110,000 76,538 26
OK 62,400 75,000 90,000 55,000 - 100,000 75,490 10
OR 100,000 87,286 7
PA 60,000 72,000 96,000 54,600 - 120,000 78,485 27
SC 80,000 79,400 5
TN 50,000 62,500 85,000 42,000 - 110,000 69,300 15
TX 72,000 85,000 92,000 45,000 - 135,000 85,644 54
UT 100,000 92,000 5
VA 64,500 67,375 8
WA 75,000 73,920 7
WI 52,000 58,500 62,500 45,000 - 80,000 58,000 11
WV 59,500 61,500 65,000 52,500 - 70,000 61,833 12

Note: Figures are based on salaries reported for full-time jobs lasting at least a year. States with fewer than five salaries reported are not included in this table. Only medians and means are shown if fewer than ten salaries were reported.
Source: NALP Employment Report and Salary Survey for the Class of 2012





Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Firms of 51 - 100 Lawyers
Taken by the Class of 2012

  PERCENTILE 90% of Reported
Salaries Fell in
the Range:
Mean
Salary
# of
Salaries
Reported
25th Median 75th
AL $52,000 $85,000 $90,000 $43,200 - 110,000 $76,785 13
AR 75,000 70,267 6
AZ 80,000 83,900 6
CA 75,000 85,000 125,000 60,000 - 160,000 98,941 82
CT 95,000 96,389 9
DC 125,000 145,000 160,000 80,000 - 165,000 136,211 19
DE 145,000 130,556 9
FL 60,000 70,000 95,000 45,000 - 130,000 77,469 48
GA 71,000 76,000 90,000 38,960 - 130,000 80,896 20
IA 82,500 82,500 6
IL 71,250 122,500 160,000 46,000 - 165,000 114,448 44
IN 96,000 86,000 5
KS 57,000 63,800 5
LA 80,000 87,500 92,000 44,000 - 100,000 81,600 10
MA 90,000 135,000 155,000 35,000 - 200,000 127,692 13
MD 70,000 70,000 7
MI 60,000 82,500 100,000 31,600 - 107,500 76,710 20
MN 87,250 100,000 110,000 50,000 - 125,000 98,531 16
NC 71,000 79,250 8
NE 85,000 81,500 6
NJ 75,000 102,500 117,500 50,000 - 140,000 98,000 16
NV 85,000 88,167 6
NY 65,000 81,000 147,500 42,500 - 160,000 96,684 76
OH 71,500 95,000 100,000 60,000 - 115,000 90,188 16
OK 97,500 96,667 6
OR 105,000 95,000 7
PA 65,000 72,000 92,000 50,000 - 140,000 81,476 21
SC 75,000 78,300 5
TN 70,000 72,000 80,000 60,000 - 95,000 74,706 17
TX 70,000 90,000 115,000 65,000 - 150,000 98,221 34
UT 100,000 101,000 110,000 55,000 - 120,000 101,000 11
VA 97,500 120,000 137,500 44,750 - 155,000 114,375 20
WA 89,500 95,000 115,000 60,000 - 160,000 102,438 16
WI 75,000 65,800 5

Note: Figures are based on salaries reported for full-time jobs lasting at least a year. States with fewer than five salaries reported are not included in this table. Only medians and means are shown if fewer than ten salaries were reported.
Source: NALP Employment Report and Salary Survey for the Class of 2012





Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Firms of 101 - 250 Lawyers
Taken by the Class of 2012

  PERCENTILE 90% of Reported
Salaries Fell in
the Range:
Mean
Salary
# of
Salaries
Reported
25th Median 75th
AL $90,000 $105,000 $105,000 $38,000 - 110,000 $94,206 27
AZ 100,000 104,875 8
CA 100,000 135,000 160,000 72,000 - 160,000 127,908 108
CO 95,000 110,000 110,000 45,000 - 125,000 102,133 15
CT 105,000 110,000 120,000 57,500 - 127,500 107,000 20
DC 145,000 155,000 160,000 120,000 - 180,000 150,789 38
DE 145,000 145,000 145,000 84,000 - 145,000 140,308 13
FL 60,000 75,000 105,000 52,000 - 135,000 85,168 53
GA 85,000 120,000 130,000 55,000 - 135,000 104,114 22
IL 72,000 85,000 160,000 55,000 - 160,000 108,000 39
IN 86,000 88,111 9
KY 87,000 95,000 95,000 54,000 - 97,000 86,364 11
LA 100,000 90,357 7
MA 145,000 160,000 160,000 120,000 - 160,000 150,667 45
MD 125,000 113,000 5
MI 100,000 105,000 110,000 60,000 - 120,000 102,161 31
MN 110,000 110,000 120,000 52,000 - 125,000 107,143 28
MO 75,000 79,071 7
MS 105,000 103,667 6
NC 110,000 115,000 129,000 73,000 - 130,000 114,769 13
NJ 110,000 120,000 130,000 105,000 - 140,000 119,568 22
NV 115,000 102,800 5
NY 95,000 160,000 160,000 76,500 - 174,000 133,459 135
OH 92,500 105,000 110,000 54,000 - 115,000 98,222 36
OK 100,000 100,000 100,000 85,000 - 100,000 98,750 12
OR 105,000 105,714 7
PA 80,000 100,000 110,000 67,500 - 125,000 96,784 37
SC 85,000 87,500 6
TN 90,000 100,000 110,000 55,000 - 110,000 93,800 15
TX 92,500 120,000 130,000 85,500 - 160,000 118,488 40
VA 132,500 116,000 6
WA 110,000 113,571 7
WI 104,500 115,000 115,000 83,000 - 115,000 106,907 27
WV 68,000 75,000 75,000 67,000 - 76,000 72,276 29

Note: Figures are based on salaries reported for full-time jobs lasting at least a year. States with fewer than five salaries reported are not included in this table. Only medians and means are shown if fewer than ten salaries were reported.
Source: NALP Employment Report and Salary Survey for the Class of 2012





Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Firms of 251+ Lawyers
Taken by the Class of 2012

  PERCENTILE 90% of Reported
Salaries Fell in
the Range:
Mean
Salary
# of
Salaries
Reported
25th Median 75th
AL $100,000 $105,000 $110,000 $90,000 - 110,000 $104,091 11
AZ 115,000 115,000 120,000 110,000 - 120,000 116,250 26
CA 160,000 160,000 160,000 130,000 - 160,000 154,838 729
CO 110,000 135,000 160,000 100,000 - 160,000 134,032 31
DC 160,000 160,000 160,000 145,000 - 160,000 157,169 533
DE 137,500 137,500 8
FL 100,000 125,000 135,000 50,000 - 160,000 116,771 70
GA 50,000 135,000 135,000 50,000 - 150,000 105,146 122
IL 160,000 160,000 160,000 104,000 - 160,000 153,473 298
IN 100,000 100,000 103,750 100,000 - 105,000 100,938 24
KY 90,000 95,000 103,000 90,000 - 103,000 95,364 11
LA 95,000 95,000 100,000 45,000 - 110,000 91,000 15
MA 160,000 160,000 160,000 110,000 - 165,000 153,860 171
MD 145,000 150,000 160,000 90,000 - 175,000 143,571 14
MI 100,000 100,000 107,500 51,000 - 135,000 100,850 20
MN 110,000 110,000 110,000 85,000 - 160,000 114,714 35
MO 105,000 112,500 115,000 100,000 - 125,000 111,891 46
NC 115,000 130,000 135,000 100,000 - 145,000 125,814 43
NJ 118,000 130,000 140,000 100,000 - 150,000 128,283 23
NV 110,000 106,250 6
NY 160,000 160,000 160,000 150,000 - 160,000 157,915 1,448
OH 100,000 119,000 145,000 58,750 - 145,000 114,231 80
OR 105,000 110,000 115,000 82,000 - 115,000 107,700 10
PA 125,000 135,000 145,000 80,000 - 160,000 128,239 133
SC 100,000 94,286 7
TN 100,000 105,000 105,000 75,000 - 120,000 100,238 21
TX 160,000 160,000 160,000 138,000 - 160,000 157,255 251
VA 125,000 135,000 145,000 90,000 - 160,000 135,470 33
WA 120,000 125,000 147,500 70,000 - 160,000 125,918 33
WI 115,000 130,000 130,000 115,000 - 160,000 129,048 21
WV 75,000 73,357 7

Note: Figures are based on salaries reported for full-time jobs lasting at least a year. States with fewer than five salaries reported are not included in this table. Only medians and means are shown if fewer than ten salaries were reported.
Source: NALP Employment Report and Salary Survey for the Class of 2012

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