Lawyers working in North Carolina received average salaries of $118,932 per year as of 2010 with salaries varying through the state's major cities, according to the North Carolina Labor Market Information Division. Starting salaries for attorneys in the state averaged $54,446 annually. The most experienced lawyers working in North Carolina made an average of $151,175 per year.
Attorneys working in Charlotte, Gastonia and Rock Hill received the second-highest average annual salaries statewide as of 2010, reported the North Carolina Labor Market Information Division. Salaries in the city averaged $130,520 per year, roughly 10 percent above the statewide mean rate of pay. In Hickory, Lenoir and Morganton, attorneys received an average of $97,274 annually. At an average of $75,702 annually, wages for lawyers in Asheville were the second-lowest statewide and more than 36 percent below the statewide average.
Greensboro and High Point ranked first in terms of highest average annual wages for lawyers in North Carolina in 2010, reported the North Carolina Labor Market Information Division. Salaries in the cities averaged $136,068 per year. Attorneys working in Winston-Salem received an average of $124,686 annually, while those in Durham averaged salaries of $114,478. The lowest-paying metropolitan area for lawyers in northern North Carolina was Burlington, where attorneys earned an average of $100,152 annually.
Wages for attorneys in eastern central North Carolina varied dramatically across the region in 2010, according to the North Carolina Labor Market Information Division. In Greenville and the Raleigh-Cary areas, salaries for lawyers averaged $123,876 and $124,815 per year, about 4 percent above the statewide average. Lawyers in Goldsboro and Rocky Mount made an average of $80,633 and $80,685, respectively. Salaries in the cities were more than 32 percent below the North Carolina statewide average.
Salaries for lawyers in southern North Carolina were 23 percent to 38 percent below the North Carolina average rate of pay in the field as of 2010. Fayetteville featured the highest average annual salaries for attorneys in the region at $91,202. Attorneys working in Wilmington received salaries that averaged $85,017 per year. Jacksonville lawyers earned an average of $74,063 annually, the lowest salaries for attorneys statewide.