If you have an attorney in Silicon Valley, you’re probably paying more per minute than anywhere else in the country.
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data for 2009, the average lawyer in the San Jose metropolitan area earns roughly $192,000 a year, which is the highest amount in the country. Leaving the South Bay isn’t likely to save clients much money, though.
According to the BLS, nine of the top 10 areas in the country for the highest paid attorneys are in California. Santa Rosa-Petaluma comes in second ($171K), Napa is third ($170K), Madera is fourth ($168K) and San Francisco is fifth ($167K).
New York City comes in sixth at just over $166,000.
An interesting footnote is the BLS does not take pay-ladders into account, meaning the actual salaries for some attorneys could be worth much more.