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District of Columbia
$392
New York
$358
California
$344
Delaware
$344
Connecticut
$342
Nevada
$311
Maine
$310
New Jersey
$306
Illinois
$305
Texas
$300
Florida
$297
Virginia
$295
Pennsylvania
$288
Washington
$288
Georgia
$286
Massachusetts
$285
Minnesota
$271
Arizona
$266
Michigan
$266
Colorado
$261
Oregon
$255
North Carolina
$254
North Dakota
$253
Utah
$250
Missouri
$249
South Carolina
$249
New Hampshire
$248
Louisiana
$245
Arkansas
$242
New Mexico
$242
Wyoming
$241
Rhode Island
$240
Oklahoma
$235
Idaho
$233
Tennessee
$233
Wisconsin
$231
Kansas
$227
Vermont
$226
Ohio
$224
Nebraska
$218
Mississippi
$217
Alabama
$208
Kentucky
$204
Iowa
$202
Montana
$199
South Dakota
$199
Maryland
$193
West Virginia
$162

Average Attorney Fees by State 2024

Average Attorney Fees by State 2024

Although no one wants to be in a situation where they have to consult an attorney, they are more often than not well worth the expense. From filing a claim to getting the proper and professional defense and protection you need, legal counsel is also often a necessary step.

Although attorney fees vary from state to state and according to the type of defense you need (typically a criminal defense attorney will cost more than a family law lawyer), the popularity of the attorney (well-known lawyers usually cost more), these fees do vary from state to state, based on the cost of living in each state.

On average, attorney fees range from $100 per hour to $500 per hour, but if you hire a leading criminal attorney in D.C. (which is ranked the highest average at nearly $400 per hour in 2020) you’re going to most likely pay more than if you hire an estate or family lawyer in a more rural place like Illinois or Alaska, which typically costs $100-$150 per hour.

Sometimes an attorney will charge a specific fee for a service (such as will) or will require a retainer fee, which is sometimes a guarantee that the attorney will take your case or be available on an “as-needed” basis. An attorney may also charge a contingency fee. In this case, the attorney will be paid “contingent upon” your recovery, which is usually based upon a percentage of your recovery. On average, the attorney takes ⅓ or 33% of your recovery.

Average Attorney Fees by State 2024

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State
Avg Hourly Attorney Rate 2023 (USD)
Avg Hourly Attorney Rate 2022 (USD)
Avg Hourly Attorney Rate 2021 (USD)
Avg Attorney Fee Low End (USD)
Avg Attorney Fee High End (USD)
District of Columbia$392$424$411$250$400
New York$358$378$372$100$400
California$344$358$352$150$420
Delaware$344$358$353$250$400
Connecticut$342$350$335$250$400
Nevada$311$318$320$150$350
Maine$310$195$178$200$300
New Jersey$306$330$324$90$450
Illinois$305$235$309$80$550
Texas$300$313$301$175$495
Florida$297$303$296$195$400
Virginia$295$304$295$120$450
Pennsylvania$288$290$287$150$450
Washington$288$296$286$100$300
Georgia$286$288$275$200$350
Massachusetts$285$285$290$150$350
Minnesota$271$274$275$150$350
Arizona$266$268$260$150$300
Michigan$266$269$272$200$350
Colorado$261$271$267$200$295
Oregon$255$263$257$150$350
North Carolina$254$262$255$250$300
North Dakota$253$268$264$150$350
Utah$250$260$251$150$275
Missouri$249$254$246$300$350
South Carolina$249$259$246$150$350
New Hampshire$248$256$239$250$350
Louisiana$245$250$244$100$485
Arkansas$242$248$251$150$300
New Mexico$242$244$243$150$350
Wyoming$241$266$257$100$300
Rhode Island$240$238$211$150$350
Oklahoma$235$230$225$150$350
Idaho$233$192$227$195$400
Tennessee$233$247$235$150$285
Wisconsin$231$251$248$100$300
Kansas$227$248$237$195$350
Vermont$226$235$224$150$350
Ohio$224$238$234$95$300
Nebraska$218$219$224$150$350
Mississippi$217$150$300
Alabama$208$211$206$200$300
Kentucky$204$216$214$250$350
Iowa$202$251$189$195$300
Montana$199$213$207$150$350
South Dakota$199$189$183$150$350
Maryland$193$319$312$150$300
West Virginia$162$168$163$100$300
Alaska$150$300
Hawaii$250$400
Indiana$314$239$195$300
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Which state has the highest attorney fees?

The state with the highest attorney fees is Illinois with a high average price of $550.

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