Attorneys may choose to work as legal generalists, or they may specialize in a particular field of law. Constitutional lawyers specialize in the law as it relates to the powers of the government and the rights of its citizens. A constitutional lawyer's salary may be impacted by such factors as geographic location and employment type.
The median annual income for all U.S.-based lawyers in all fields of specialization and at all levels of experience was $112,760 as of May 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 25 percent earned more than $165,470 per year, while the bottom 10 percent earned less than $75,200.
Constitutional lawyers typically work for the federal executive branch of government, state governments, local governments or in private practice, although constitutional lawyers may work for a variety of other types of employers. The mean annual wages for lawyers who worked for the federal executive branch was $130,210 as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those who worked for state governments earned mean annual wages of $82,190 while lawyers who worked for local governments earned $92,220. Lawyers in private practice earned $136,530.
The legal profession, like many professions, rewards those with experience with increased wages. Entry level constitutional lawyers who worked in small firms of 25 or fewer associates earned median annual wages of $72,000 as of April 2010, according to the National Association for Legal Professionals. A fifth-year associate at that same sized firm earned $90,000 while an associate with eight years of experience earned $102,500.
Large legal firms tended to pay their associates higher wages. A constitutional lawyer with four years experience who worked at a firm with up to 50 associates earned median annual wages of $103,500 as of April 2010, according to the National Association for Legal Professionals. Her counterpart at a firm with more than 250 associates earned $135,000. A lawyer with six years experience who worked at a firm with between 101 and 250 associates earned $120,000, while her counterpart at a firm of more than 500 earned $151,500.
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