Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary

Average Law Firm Attorneys in the United States make around $90K per year. Total cash compensation to Law Firm Attorneys bottoms out near $50K and approaches $196K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $25K from bonuses and almost $197K from profit sharing. For the most part, Law Firm Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and slightly more than half receive dental plans. Men working as Law Firm Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,517 - $177,062
(Median)
$50K
$90K
$180K
MEDIAN: $89,652
10%
50%
90%

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$14.04 - $489.36
(Median)
$14
$65
$490
MEDIAN: $65.00
10%
50%
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
$49,517 - $177,062  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,434  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $197,265  
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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$50,173 - $195,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$14.04 - $489.36  
   
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 - $25,434  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $197,265  
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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$50,173 - $195,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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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.


For many Law Firm Attorneys, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $75K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $103K. Law Firm Attorneys with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $122K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $125K.

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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$97,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

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