Six-figure salaries are the norm for Law Firm Attorneys in the United States, with median pay hovering around $94K per year. In the world of Law Firm Attorneys, total cash compensation can vary between $54K and $249K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $51K and $144K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While just under one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than one-half have dental, as well. Men account for the majority of Law Firm Attorneys who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact. For the most part, Law Firm Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,906 - $205,520
(Median)
$51K
$94K
$210K
MEDIAN: $94,156
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$38.78 - $257.60
(Median)
$39
$70
$260
MEDIAN: $70
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$50,906 - $205,520  
   
Bonus
$1,438 - $51,147  
Profit Sharing
$60.00 - $143,950  
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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$53,754 - $248,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$38.78 - $257.60  
   
Overtime
$18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$1,438 - $51,147  
   
Profit Sharing
$60.00 - $143,950  
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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$53,754 - $248,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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.

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Law Firm Attorneys who move into an Attorney role may often bring in a much lower salary. On average, Attorneys 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.


Law Firm Attorneys who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $79K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $112K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $146K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $160K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $102,316

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 56 percent, Law Firm Attorneys in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Law Firm Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+41 percent) and Chicago (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, San Diego is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%

Experienced
up arrow 42%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$102,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

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

Real Estate
up arrow 86%

National Average
$102,000

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 9%

Legal Research
up arrow 46%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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