How much do lawyers charge in California?

The typical lawyer in California charges between $164 and $422 per hour. Costs vary depending on the type of lawyer, so review our lawyer rates table to find out the average cost to hire an attorney in California.

Practice Type Average Hourly Rate
Administrative $306
Appellate $352
Bankruptcy $416
Business $341
Civil Litigation $333
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law $398
Collections $312
Commercial/Sale of Goods $390
Construction $218
Contracts $307
Corporate $374
Criminal $260
Elder Law $316
Employment/Labor $362
Family $330
Immigration $276
Insurance $248
Intellectual Property $386
Mediation/Arbitration $340
Personal Injury $245
Real Estate $350
Tax $422
Traffic Offenses $386
Trusts $340
Wills & Estates $346
Worker's Compensation $164

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About Clio’s Hourly Rate Data for Lawyers (Updated 2021)

Clio's hourly rate data is based on aggregated and anonymized data from tens of thousands of legal professionals using Clio. Each year, this data is analyzed and published within the Legal Trends Report, which provides ongoing, in-depth research into the most pressing issues faced by legal professionals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the hourly rate of a lawyer in California?

The average hourly rate for a lawyer in California is between $164 and $422 per hour.

How much does a family lawyer charge in California?

The average hourly rate for a family lawyer in California is $330 per hour.

How much does a civil litigation lawyer charge in California?

The average hourly rate for a civil litigation lawyer in California is $333 per hour.

What is the highest paid type of lawyer in California?

Tax attorneys are the highest paid type of lawyer in California, earning $422 per hour on average.

What is the lowest paid type of lawyer in California?

Worker's Compensation attorneys are the lowest paid type of lawyer in California, earning $164 per hour on average.