Training Requirements for Lawyers

Lawyers need a doctoral or professional degree.

Degrees for Lawyers
Percent
Less than High School 0.1
High School 0.5
Some College 0.7
Associates Degree 0.4
Bachelors Degree 5.1
Masters Degree 4.5
Doctorate or Professional Degree 88.7

Employment Outlook for Lawyers

This represents about 778,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 43,000 more lawyers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 157,000 more.

Typical Income for Lawyers

Hourly Income

On average,lawyers make $67.25 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Lawyers $27.36 $37.30 $56.81 $84.89 $high
Legal occupations $17.62 $24.78 $38.30 $66.46 $high
Lawyers, judges, and related workers $26.01 $36.05 $55.31 $81.81 $high
Lawyers and judicial law clerks $26.67 $36.56 $55.89 $83.78 $high
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, lawyers make $139,880 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Lawyers $56,910 $77,580 $118,160 $176,580 $high
Legal occupations $36,650 $51,530 $79,650 $138,240 $high
Lawyers, judges, and related workers $54,100 $74,990 $115,050 $170,170 $high
Lawyers and judicial law clerks $55,460 $76,040 $116,250 $174,250 $high
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

Lawyers: What Is This Career Like?

Being a Lawyer was always a goal of mine even when I was a child. Just the thought of being able to make a difference in the world was enough to push me through college, grad school and finally the bar exam. Now I find myself on a daily basis not only helping people out through their legal hardships but also the business aspects of being a lawyer as well. I say business aspects because many people don't understand the amount of time and effort that goes on in the background in order to process clients and prepare for the cases. Not every client goes to trial and paperwork is an ongoing battle. As a criminal defense attorney I am routinely negotiating with prosecutors to get plea-bargains for my clients. It's not always an easy job and sometimes it's completely different than what I envisioned as a child, but in the end I make a difference in the world. This was the main reason I envisioned becoming a lawyer in the first place.

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