Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary
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.Read More...
Attorneys can expect to spend their days indoors working with clients and finding the best and most reliable ways to prove the legitimacy of their cases. Most lawyers work on multiple cases at a time and must able to keep them separate while maintaining accuracy and consistency. Attorneys go through several steps in these cases and spend a great deal of time and effort to best represent their clients in court.
Aspiring attorneys must obtain at least a bachelor's degree and pass the state bar exam, and most also need a Juris Doctor degree for the position. The work can vary greatly, as there are many different legal fields and some lawyers work primarily on small, personal cases while others focus on larger cases that may involve corporations or large amounts of money.
Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Tasks
- 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.
- Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
- 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.
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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. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $81K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $115K. Law Firm Attorneys bring in $149K after working for 10 to 20 years. Law Firm Attorneys with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $159K.
Pay Difference by Location
Law Firm Attorneys will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 55 percent. Law Firm Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in New York (+46 percent), Boston (+21 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). Law Firm Attorneys in Miami earn salaries far below the national average by 35 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and San Diego (22 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).
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