U.S. lawyers' hourly rates by metropolitan region 2017-2019

This statistic depicts the hourly rates of lawyers in the United States from 2017 to 2019, broken down by greater metropolitan areas. During the 2019 survey, with an average hourly rate of 398 U.S. dollars, New York was the most expensive metropolitan area in legal services.

Hourly rates of lawyers in the United States from 2017 to 2019, by greater metropolitan area*

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Release date

October 2019


United States

Survey time period

2017 to 2019

Number of respondents

2,507 respondents

Special properties

legal professionals

Supplementary notes

* Limited to large metropolitan areas
Survey method not stated by the source.
Survey region excludes Alaska and Hawaii.
Values prior to 2019 were taken from previous editions.
2018 baseline: 1,968 2017 baseline: 2,915

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