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Attorney, Government Salary

An Attorney, Government earns an average salary of $83,443 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.

$54,261 - $137,139
(Median)
$54K
$83K
$140K
MEDIAN: $83,442
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$0.00 - $2,936  
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$54,135 - $137,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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Job Description for Attorney, Government

Attorneys of the government work within specialized areas of law to represent the interests of local, state, or federal government bodies, and may be associated with those who assist in creating or enforcing legislation and/or regulations. Government attorneys may also serve as aides who help craft legislative language or create legally presentable reports for government agencies or the general public. Typically, government attorneys involved in law enforcement are classified as prosecutors; however, they may be involved in assisting the prosecution, even in an investigatory or evidence-discovery capacity.

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Attorney, Government Tasks

  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

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Pay by Experience Level for Attorney, Government

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Attorney, Government Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$85,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 3%
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