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Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary (United States)

A typical Law Firm Attorney in the United States can expect to take home roughly $86K per year. Cash earnings for Law Firm Attorneys — which occasionally include more than $26K from bonuses and more than $104K from profit sharing — stretch from around $50K to approximately $195K. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair portion, and a little over a half earn dental coverage. Male Law Firm Attorneys are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 50 percent of the field. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary (?
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$48,925 - $165,996
(Median)
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86K
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170K
MEDIAN: $86,335
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Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary (?
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$13.56 - $354.79
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MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$48,925 - $165,996  
   
Bonus
$0.50 - $25,760  
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $103,646  
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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$49,640 - $195,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 265
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$13.56 - $354.79  
   
Overtime
$36.85 - $203.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$240K$480K$720K
Bonus
$0.50 - $25,760  
   
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $103,646  
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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$49,640 - $195,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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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Many Law Firm Attorneys move into Attorney roles fairly often. Attorneys tend to make a little less than Law Firm Attorneys as their salaries are typically $80K a year.

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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.
For many Law Firm Attorneys, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $71K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $100K. On average, Law Firm Attorneys make $121K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $123K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — slightly more than half of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining close to a tenth.

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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%
Experienced
up arrow 26%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$96,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 20%