Depending on your area of law and where you choose to practice will decide your salary. Criminal lawyers and public defenders make far less than those practicing corporate law. Lawyers practicing in larger cities make more than those in smaller municipalities. The national U.S. salary average is $56,000-$105,447. The Canadian Government Services Canada website states that the average Canadian lawyer makes about $50,600 annually. The salary also varies throughout the world. For example, Australia's average salary range is $50,792 - $85,637, where as India's average salary is $6,626-$32,003.