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Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary

The average Law Firm Attorney in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $86K annually. Total cash compensation for Law Firm Attorneys runs from $50K to $196K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $26K and profit sharing that can reach almost $194K. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a little more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Law Firm Attorneys. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$49,117 - $165,962
(Median)
49K
86K
120K
170K
MEDIAN: $86,335
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$19.57 - $357.45
(Median)
65
200
360
MEDIAN: $65.00
50%
75%
90%

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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$49,117 - $165,962  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,639  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $193,916  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$50,127 - $195,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$19.57 - $357.45  
   
Overtime
$36.85 - $203.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$240K$480K$720K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,639  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $193,916  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$50,127 - $195,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Job Description for Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm)

  • 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 liablility, 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.

Common Career Paths for Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm)


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Law Firm Attorneys often transition into an upper level Attorney position and may see a small drop in pay. Attorneys earn $80K on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm)

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


Law Firm Attorneys with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $72K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $101K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $120K in this role. Law Firm Attorneys who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $123K on average.

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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$96,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 21%