Attorney / Lawyer Salary

The average pay for an Attorney / Lawyer is $81,112 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Intellectual Property (IP), Complex Litigation Case Management, Regulatory Compliance, Leadership, and Contract Negotiation.

$48,970 - $154,558
$49K
$81K
$150K
MEDIAN: $81,112
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$19.93 - $222.60
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$220
MEDIAN: $46.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$48,970 - $154,558  
   
Bonus
$496.13 - $25,929  
Profit Sharing
$4.86 - $29,955  
Commission
$789 - $51,278  
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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$49,536 - $177,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,835
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$19.93 - $222.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$10.07 - $183.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$496.13 - $25,929  
   
Commission
$789 - $51,278  
Profit Sharing
$4.86 - $29,955  
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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$49,536 - $177,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 477

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Job Description for Attorney / Lawyer

Attorneys apply the law to specific situations and advise their clients on a course of action based on legal rights and responsibilities. Some attorneys work in the business world, providing counsel to corporate clients on business transactions. Other attorneys work with persons in the legal system, advocating on their behalf and representing them in court actions.

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Attorney / Lawyer Tasks

  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Attorney / Lawyer

Pay by Experience for an Attorney / Lawyer has a positive trend. An entry-level Attorney / Lawyer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 3,913 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Attorney / Lawyer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 2,120 salaries. An experienced Attorney / Lawyer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 1,625 salaries. An Attorney / Lawyer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $136,000 based on 906 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,347

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Q: What is it like working as an Attorney / Lawyer?

Attorney / Lawyer in Hillsborough:
"Behind the culture bell curve."
Pros: I have an awesome boss who has been a great mentor. We work with real people with real issues, so most days are pretty active. I feel that I'm learning a lot about how basic elements of how the world works.
Cons: Really only the formality of the culture: the suits, the impossible expectations (of clients) of perfection from a human system, etc. I miss feeling like a regular human being in jeans and a t-shirt on the sidewalk.

Attorney / Lawyer in Crown Point:
Pros: Challenge, Diversity of Responsibilities and Work Performed/Clients Represented, Trials, Mediation, Direct Interaction and Decision Making with Clients, Collaborative Team Environment.
Cons: Support staff, lack of technology and progression of firm management, lack of availability of managing partner, micromanagement of some tasks and clients.

Attorney / Lawyer in Aurora:
"Stress and lower pay than expected."
Pros: Complex, but much easier once you get into the swing of everything. The people are personable and the wins feel great.
Cons: The losses feel terrible. Even in a field where, by definition, one side loses every time, there is an extreme stress to NEVER lose. Three wins can't get you to sleep if you have one loss. Combine that with the fact that significant vacation and great pay are pipe dreams in the current economy.

Attorney / Lawyer in Salt Lake City:
"Being A Lawyer Can Be As Great As You Decide To Make It."
Pros: You can be as good as you are willing to be. If you really delve in and prepare your case well, surprisingly, you will be ahead of most other lawyers.
Cons: Sometimes you have to deal with some of the worst human beings you may ever encounter, and I'm not talking about your clients.

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Key Stats for Attorney / Lawyer

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 934 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

▲60%

▲36%

▲14%

National Average
$85,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 934 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 24%