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Attorney / Lawyer Salary in Los Angeles (United States)

Bountiful salaries abound for Los Angeles Attorneys , with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. Total cash earnings of Attorneys in Los Angeles, Calif. range from $54K on the low end to $205K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $25K and $29K, respectively. Although a fair portion have medical coverage and roughly one-half have dental coverage, approximately one in five claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Attorney / Lawyer in Los Angeles, California Salary (?
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$53,619 - $180,388
(Median)
54K
71K
98K
130K
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MEDIAN: $98,029
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Attorney / Lawyer in Los Angeles, California Salary (?
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$19.73 - $240.24
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MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$53,619 - $180,388  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,309  
Profit Sharing
$3,575 - $29,361  
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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$53,623 - $204,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 649
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$19.73 - $240.24  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $73.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,309  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,575 - $29,361  
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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$53,623 - $204,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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Pay by Experience Level for Attorney / Lawyer in Los Angeles, California

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Attorneys in Los Angeles with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $78K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $113K. Los Angeles Attorneys who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $133K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $156K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.
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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer in Los Angeles, California Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%
National Average
$100,000

Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer in Los Angeles, California Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 102%
Leadership
up arrow 50%
Legal Compliance
up arrow 20%
Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 20%
Insurance
up arrow 9%
Research Analysis
up arrow 4%
National Average
$100,000
Legal Research
up arrow 1%
Technical Writing
up arrow 14%
Spanish Language
up arrow 43%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
41%
female alumni
 
Male
59%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 21%