Most attorneys — 81% — have done pro bono work at some point in their careers, the American Bar Association reports. As of 2016, lawyers provided an average of about 37 hours of such free work.
Granted, lawyers tend to earn handsome pay when they’re not giving away their time. Although becoming a lawyer takes years of hard work, the rewards can be immeasurable in terms of career fulfillment and, of course, high pay.
The national average pay among lawyers is $144,230 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s nearly triple the national average for workers across all occupations, which is $51,960.
In some parts of the country, though, the average lawyer’s earnings are much lower than the national average for the profession — less than six figures, even. In other areas, lawyers’ average earnings are much higher than the national average.
See for yourself: Following are the average annual wages that lawyers earn in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C., according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We ranked the states from lowest to highest average pay.