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How much money does a lawyer make a year?

with my interest of being a lawyer i wanna see how much im making #lawyer

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Jessica’s Answer

Hello! I am an attorney in DC/MD.


Salaries for entry-level attorneys ranges from 30k-180k depending on where you are located. Salary depends on where you are working - i.e. government, big law firm, small law firm, non-profit, etc.


Whatever career you choose, make sure it is a career that you love, regardless of the salary!

Thank you comment icon Try to determine what type of law/ area you enjoy. Some areas of law have low starting salaries but great long-term benefits, such as working for the government at the state or federal level. A GS-13 to GS-15 is often what attorneys make in the federal government and that is a considered to be a high salary for certain regions of the United States. Once you determine where you want to go in your career, it is much easier to narrow things down. Firms can vary drastically as well depending on location, and big law tends to have higher starting salaries because they mostly have businesses as clients. That isn't always the case though. Finally, I agree with Jessica that you should choose a career you love! Amanda Molina, JD, MA, MBA
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Sean’s Answer

How much money you make as a lawyer depends on a broad range of factors, including geography, whether you're in public or private practice, years of experience, etc.

Generally speaking, attorneys at big law firms (i.e. the 100 biggest firms in the country) make the most money, with starting salaries over $200,000. But the vast majority of lawyers do not work at big law firms. No matter what you decide to do, going to a good law school can significantly improve your chances of getting the type of job you want.
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