Lawyers make more than doctors, teachers and other professional workers, and their salaries are much higher than those of other workers in the same jobs, according to research published in the journal Health Affairs.
The median salary for a lawyer in Australia is $89,000 a year, while for a GP it is $98,000, and for a registered nurse it is about $107,000.
The survey of over 2,000 lawyers in Australia found that the median salaries for both lawyers and other workers was $89.17 an hour, with $89 an hour as the highest paid.
The median salaries of the lawyer population are higher than for other occupations, with the median for lawyers being $88,600 a year.
Among the occupations most likely to pay lawyers more than $90,000 is education, with more than 40 per cent of the respondents saying that education is a big part of the reason they earn more than their colleagues.
However, lawyers were also less likely to say that they were paid enough, with 47 per cent saying they were.
About 50 per cent said they were not paid enough.
As well as paying a higher salary, lawyers are more likely to be paid for their knowledge and experience.
Lawyers were more likely than other workers to be a part of a small business, with 31 per cent.
They also were more satisfied with their work environment, with 46 per cent more satisfied than workers who did not have a job.
Despite the higher salaries, lawyers also had higher stress levels, with 40 per to 50 per per cent reporting that they experienced anxiety.
There were also more negative feelings than positive ones, with 30 per cent feeling anxious and 45 per cent experiencing negative emotions.