According to U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, lawyers in the United States bring home anywhere from $1,452 to $3,266 per week. The length of time that a lawyer has been practicing, the types of cases taken on and even the area of the country where the lawyer practices can all affect earnings.
The industry in which a lawyer is employed can also have a lot to do with earning potential. For example, lawyers working in state government or legal services generally make less than lawyers who work in the manufacturing or finance industries. Private practice lawyers just starting out or working as associates at a big law firm will make less than partners in the law firm since partners share in the profits of the entire firm in most instances.