Lawyer

Quick Facts: Lawyers
2012 Median Pay $113,530 per year
$54.58 per hour
Entry-Level Education Doctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 759,800
Job Outlook, 2012-22 10% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 74,800

What Lawyers Do

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.

Work Environment

The majority of lawyers work in private and corporate legal offices. Some work for local, state, and federal governments. The majority work full time, and many work long hours.

How to Become a Lawyer

All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.

Pay

The median annual wage for lawyers was $113,530 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs should continue to be strong because more students graduate from law school each year than there are jobs available.