Salary can be a strong indicator of overall career satisfaction.

After graduation, law graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $90,981, while the bottom 20% make closer to $27,361. The median grad salary is $49,894.

Law graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in law is $43,228, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $52,541.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for law graduates

The highest paying career for law graduates is lawyer, with top salaries averaging around $141,093.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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