Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary

An average Law Firm Attorney in the United States can expect to take home roughly $90K annually. Cash earnings for Law Firm Attorneys — including $25K in bonuses and $196K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $50K to $194K depending on individual performance. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and slightly more than half have dental, too. Women make up a slight majority of Law Firm Attorneys (52 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Law Firm Attorneys. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,542 - $178,957
(Median)
$50K
$90K
$180K
MEDIAN: $90,227
10%
50%
90%

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$13.84 - $198.66
(Median)
$14
$65
$200
MEDIAN: $65.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$49,542 - $178,957  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,937  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $195,743  
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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$50,383 - $194,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$13.84 - $198.66  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,937  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $195,743  
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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$50,383 - $194,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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 who take on a higher-level position such as Attorney may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Attorneys on average bring home $81K.

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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $75K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $105K. Law Firm Attorneys bring in $126K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Law Firm Attorneys report making only $125K on average.

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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 32%

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$96,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 22%
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