The Average Salary of a Real Estate Lawyer


Real estate lawyers prepare and manage the legal documents in most real estate transactions, including contracts, title changes and court filings. They may also assist in cases involving mortgage fraud, property settlement and zoning law. Salaries for real estate lawyers vary, depending on their experience and geographical locations.

Salary at $90,000

  • A real estate lawyer earns an average of $90,000 per year as of 2014, according to the job site Indeed. The minimum educational requirement for this job is a law, or juris doctor, degree, which usually takes three years. The prerequisite for law school is a four-year bachelor's degree in any major. Most real estate lawyers also have some real estate experience, such as one or two years in the industry.

Top Pay in D.C.

  • In 2014, Washington, D.C., employers paid real estate lawyers the highest salaries of $113,000, according to Indeed. They earned $110,000 annually in New York, which was second highest in the United States. Real estate lawyers made the least in Hawaii at $57,000.

Average Career Outlook

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't forecast jobs for real estate lawyers. It estimated a 10 percent increase in employment for lawyers from 2012 to 2022, which is average compared to the 11 percent national rate for all occupations. Jobs for real estate lawyers are usually dependent on the economy, especially the health of the residential and commercial real estate markets.


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