Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary

Law Firm Attorneys in the United States can expect to earn an average of $93K annually. Total cash compensation to Law Firm Attorneys approaches anywhere from $50K on the lower end to $212K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $31K from bonuses and upwards of $102K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. Male Law Firm Attorneys are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Work is enjoyable for Law Firm Attorneys, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over a half collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,173 - $194,286
MEDIAN: $92,670

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$49,173 - $194,286  
$0.00 - $30,639  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $102,129  
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).
$49,635 - $211,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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Job Description for Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm)

The position of a criminal attorney, or lawyer for a law firm, requires a great deal of mental capability and the ability to work well with others, as these attorneys represent their clients in a court of law to present the best case possible for the client's benefit. These include court cases, pretrial hearings, conferences for settlements, and more.


Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) 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 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.

Law Firm Attorneys with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $75K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $102K. Law Firm Attorneys see a median salary of $125K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Law Firm Attorneys who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $200K.

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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.


50 %
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 16%