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Attorney / Lawyer Salary in San Francisco

Attorneys in San Francisco see excellent average salaries — about $118K annually. Total cash compensation for Attorneys in San Francisco, Calif. runs from $61K to $202K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $28K and profit sharing that can reach almost $32K. Most San Francisco Attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$63,464 - $186,686
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MEDIAN: $107,555
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$20.27 - $107.72
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MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$63,464 - $186,686  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $28,060  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $31,785  
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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$61,327 - $202,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 276
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $107.72  
   
Overtime
$50.56 - $76.81  
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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $28,060  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $31,785  
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).
)
$61,327 - $202,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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Pay by Experience Level for Attorney / Lawyer in San Francisco, California

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


For many Attorneys in San Francisco, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $92K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $129K. On average, San Francisco Attorneys make $153K following one to two decades on the job. Attorneys in San Francisco who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $175K.

Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer in San Francisco, California Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$118,000


Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer in San Francisco, California Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 32%

Leadership
up arrow 31%

Complex Litigation Case Management
up arrow 24%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 13%

Client Interaction
up arrow 9%

Technical Writing
up arrow 6%

Negotiation
up arrow 6%

Research Analysis
up arrow 4%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 3%

Legal Research
up arrow 2%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 1%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$118,000

Legal Compliance
up arrow 1%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 14%