Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary

Earnings for Law Firm Attorneys in the United States come in at around $90K annually on average. Total cash earnings of Law Firm Attorneys range from $50K on the low end to $189K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $25K and $194K, respectively. Women Law Firm Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Law Firm Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly more than a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,415 - $170,011

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National Salary Data (?
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$49,415 - $170,011  
$0.00 - $24,832  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $193,916  
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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).
$50,266 - $189,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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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Law Firm Attorneys who take on a higher-level position such as Attorney may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Attorneys on average bring home $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.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Law Firm Attorneys. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $77K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $102K. Law Firm Attorneys with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $125K. Law Firm Attorneys who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits 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 35 votes.


51 %
49 %

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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 22%