Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary

Median pay for Law Firm Attorneys in the United States is around $88K annually. Total incomes of Law Firm Attorneys incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $25K from bonuses and close to $196K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $50K and $189K. Most Law Firm Attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Law Firm Attorneys (51 percent) survey respondents. Although slightly less than a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly more than half get dental coverage, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,364 - $169,533
MEDIAN: $87,946

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$49,364 - $169,533  
$0.00 - $24,853  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $195,743  
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).
$50,131 - $188,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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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.

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $76K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $102K. Law Firm Attorneys bring in $125K after working for 10 to 20 years. Law Firm Attorneys who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $138K on average.

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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: 76% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 22%