Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary

Law Firm Attorneys in the United States pull down an average of $90K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $25K and $97K, respectively — total cash payment to Law Firm Attorneys can bottom out near $51K or peak near $187K depending on individual performance. Women make up a slight majority of Law Firm Attorneys (52 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Law Firm Attorneys, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$49,925 - $167,031

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National Salary Data (?
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$49,925 - $167,031  
$0.00 - $24,703  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $96,958  
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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).
$50,652 - $186,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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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 often transition into a Attorney position. Attorneys report a slightly lower median income of $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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $76K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $103K. On average, Law Firm Attorneys make $131K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $138K.

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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.


52 %
48 %

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: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 16%