Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary

The average Law Firm Attorney in the United States earns approximately $93K per year. In the world of Law Firm Attorneys, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $31K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $102K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $50K and $212K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Law Firm Attorneys (50 percent) who responded to the survey. Women Law Firm Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. A large number enjoy medical while a little more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. The majority of Law Firm Attorneys claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,173 - $194,286
MEDIAN: $92,670

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National Salary 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.
$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)

  • 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. Attorneys seem to make a little less than Law Firm Attorneys as their salaries average out to $81K 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.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Law Firm Attorneys. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $75K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $102K. Law Firm Attorneys claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $125K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $200K on average.

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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%