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How much does a Lawyer make in Missouri?

Average Lawyer Hourly Wage in Missouri

Lawyers earn a median hourly wage of $45.17.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Lawyer Yearly Salary in Missouri

Lawyers earn a median salary of $93,950 per year.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Becoming a lawyer is still a financially-booming career path and has significant monetary perks. According to the Bottom Line blog of MSNBC, lawyers were number five on the list with an average salary of $130,490, coming in behind petroleum engineers (average salary of $138,980), chief executive officers (average salary of $176,550), orthodontists and dentists (average salary ranging from $161,750 to $204,670), and doctors and surgeons (average salary ranging from $168,650 to $234,950).

For new lawyers who join high-paying firms like New York’s Cravath, Swaine & Moore or Los Angeles-based Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, first-year compensation for most associates is set at $160,000. Most associates at top firms receive salaries that go up in what’s known as “lockstep” compensation from year to year, from $160,000 to $170,000, $185,000, $210,000, etc. Some firms also give generous bonuses. The nation’s highest-paying firm, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, is known to pay bonuses equal to a full year’s salary.

Do Men or Women Earn More?

Sky Analytics (a legal invoicing company) analyzed $3.4 billion in invoices from more than 3,000 law firms, including many of the largest in the country. It found that no matter what tier firm women work at, determined by the number of attorneys and its geographic footprint, they will be billed at “significantly lower rates per hour” than men, on average getting $47, or 10 percent, less per hour. While 2 percent of men at top tier firms are billed at over $1,000 an hour, virtually no women make that rate, and while about half of them charge more than $500 an hour, less than a third of women bill that rate.

Employment Type Mix

91%
Full-Time
9%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.3
SCORE
1696
RATINGS
Lawyers average a score of 3.3 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Lawyers in the 74th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Lawyer Earnings by Seniority

Senior Lawyer Earnings

Senior Lawyers in Missouri earn:

$69.05
an hour
$143,610
per year
Experienced Lawyer Earnings

Experienced Lawyers in Missouri earn:

$45.17
an hour
$93,950
per year
Junior Lawyer Earnings

Junior Lawyers in Missouri earn:

$30.99
an hour
$64,460
per year
Starting Lawyer Earnings

Starting Lawyers in Missouri earn:

$23.07
an hour
$47,980
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Lawyer salary comparison

Lawyers earn more than 86% percent of Law careers in Missouri. Lawyer salaries are in the top 94% of all careers in Missouri.

Judge Salary in Missouri $135k
Lawyer Salary $102k
Customs Inspector Salary in Missouri $65k
Coroner Salary in Missouri $58k
Forensic Science Technician Salary in Missouri $50k
Paralegal Salary in Missouri $49k
Police Officer Salary in Missouri $43k
Transit Police Officer Salary in Missouri $35k
Correctional Officer Salary in Missouri $29k
Legislator Salary in Missouri $18k
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Historical salary for Lawyers in Missouri

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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