“Being a Lawyer and Male Makes You a Top Earner, Census Report Shows”

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Being a lawyer and female, not so much. From the ABA Journal:

The highest earners in 2007 were men in legal occupations, who earned a median salary in 2007 of $105,233, according to a Census Bureau report.

The online report (PDF) issued in August shows women in legal occupations, which includes paralegal as well as lawyer positions, didn’t fare as well. Their median salary was $53,790. As a whole women in computer and mathematical professions earned more, with a median salary of $61,957.

Because data was collected throughout the year, the salary figures were adjusted for inflation to reflect a fixed reference point for the year.

Even when particular jobs within the legal profession were examined, women lawyers continued to lag behind their male counterparts. Women lawyers made a median of $93,600, a salary that was 77.8 percent of male lawyers’ median salary of $120,400. Female paralegal and legal assistants earned a median of $42,600, which was 93.2 percent of the $45,700 median that men earned. Female judges, magistrates and other judicial workers earned a median of $69,500, which is 64.3 percent of the median of $108,100 earned by males. …

Via Kim Diana Connolly

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0 Responses to “Being a Lawyer and Male Makes You a Top Earner, Census Report Shows”

  1. blaw says:

    Would it be fair then if I were required to pay back only 77.8% of my law school loans?

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