ImNoScar wrote:Samara wrote:LaBarrister wrote:The average is much, much higher that 60-80k for lawyers, at least according to this: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/lawyers.htm, which says that the median in 2010 was $112,000.00. Yes, you are right. The average is misleading because the data is skewed, but the median is not. And given that this was just after the market crash, I don't think that the median would be down to 60-80k in 2012, much less the average, but I could be wrong.
Or do you have some data to support your claim?
You must be new.
Here's a chart showing salaries for entry-level jobs for c/o 2011:
As you can see, nearly all jobs are in the 40-60k range or the 150-160k range. The median entry-level salary for full-time legal jobs was 60k for 2011, a 17% drop since 2009.
And that's nationwide. The smaller the market, the lower the median starting salary. In Maine, that median is less than 50k. One student (1.1% of ~95 students) from UMaine c/o 2011 got a job in a firm of 101+ lawyers, the typical indicator of an above median salary. The school does not release salary data, probably because that student was the only one to receive a salary above 80k.
And that's only counting people who managed to find full-time legal jobs. Over half of law school grads for 2011 failed to find such employment.
Also LeBarrister, consider that the BlS average is age agnostic. That means that it is the verge salary of all practicing lawyers, not entry level lawyers. Also the average obviously does not include all graduates, just lawyers. These two categories are vastly different. Many students do not becomes lawyers and get screwed by debt.
For my personal use, could I ask you to share the location of this information with regard to IP-specific fields of law? The data for those fields would be different, I assume, namely those with engineering/science degree prerequisites.
Edit: Sorry, OP. I'm not meaning to deter others from helping you. Perhaps I should have PM'd this question.