Law Firm Attorneys in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $96K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $50K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $113K, overall incomes of Law Firm Attorneys spread between $52K and $246K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while roughly one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about two-fifths. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Law Firm Attorneys making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Most Law Firm Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,217 - $198,616
$50K
$96K
$200K
MEDIAN: $96,434
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$19.57 - $251.68
$20
$66
$250
MEDIAN: $66.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$50,217 - $198,616  
   
Bonus
$1,441 - $50,223  
Profit Sharing
$57.57 - $113,346  
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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$52,392 - $245,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 252
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$19.57 - $251.68  
   
Overtime
$18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$1,441 - $50,223  
   
Profit Sharing
$57.57 - $113,346  
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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$52,392 - $245,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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.

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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.

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


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As Law Firm Attorneys transition into upper-level roles like Attorney, they may see a sharp decline in salary. Attorneys will usually earn $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.


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

National Average: $103,066

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm)

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
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Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 55%

Experienced
up arrow 45%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$103,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salaries

Real Estate
up arrow 84%

National Average
$103,000

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 11%

Legal Research
up arrow 47%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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