How much do lawyers earn? The folks at have gone through the data and created this infographic showing earnings by practice areas. The data comes from the American Bar Association, as well as Glassdoor,, LawyerEdu, and the National Association for Law Placement.

Topping the chart are IP attorneys, who earn an average of $155,037. The lowest-paid practice area is immigration, where attorneys earn an average of $62,250.

It is not clear how current these numbers are. The ABA’s compilation of statistics on lawyers’ salaries includes data from as far back as 2003 and the NALP numbers are from 2011. That said, these figures appear to be the most recent data available on lawyers’ earnings.


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