Attorney / Lawyer in San Francisco Salary

Average pay for an San Francisco Attorney is considerable, rounding six figures at $117K per year. Women make up a slight majority of Attorneys in San Francisco, Calif. (55 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Attorneys in San Francisco, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$68,142 - $194,483
(Median)
$68K
$120K
$190K
MEDIAN: $117,017
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$20.35 - $107.00
(Median)
$20
$50
$110
MEDIAN: $49.00
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Local Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$68,142 - $194,483  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,228  
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
Total Pay (?
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$68,015 - $208,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 216
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.35 - $107.00  
   
Overtime
$73.19  
Local Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,228  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
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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$68,015 - $208,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Pay by Experience Level for Attorney / Lawyer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many San Francisco Attorneys, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $96K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $135K. Attorneys in San Francisco, Calif. bring in $166K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $180K.

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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 49%


Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$121,000


Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 33%

Complex Litigation Case Management
up arrow 30%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 24%

Leadership
up arrow 24%

Insurance
up arrow 21%


Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 10%

Research Analysis
up arrow 5%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Negotiation
up arrow 1%

Litigation Case Management
0%

National Average
$121,000

Legal Research
up arrow 2%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 4%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 4%

Case Management
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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