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Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary

Law Firm Attorneys in the United States take home approximately $92K annually on average. Final cash compensation to Law Firm Attorneys varies from around $50K to approximately $194K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $26K and $196K, respectively. For the most part, Law Firm Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Law Firm Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and one-half have dental, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,339 - $176,714
(Median)
$49K
$92K
$180K
MEDIAN: $91,925
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90%

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$13.94 - $493.16
(Median)
$14
$60
$490
MEDIAN: $60
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90%

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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.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$49,339 - $176,714  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,584  
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).
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$49,911 - $194,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$13.94 - $493.16  
   
National Annualized 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.
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,584  
   
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).
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$49,911 - $194,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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.


Law Firm Attorneys who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Inexperienced workers earn around $77K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $103K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $122K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $124K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$97,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 22%
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