Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary (United States)

Pay for Firm Attorneys in the United States sits in the ballpark of $96,023 annually. Pay starts at $49,640 and can approach $195,093 per year on the higher side. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to 42 percent. Male Firm Attorneys are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 50 percent of the field. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. Work is enjoyable for Firm Attorneys, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary (?
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$48,925 - $165,996
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $86,335
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Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salary (?
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$13.56 - $354.79
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MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$48,925 - $165,996  
   
Bonus
$0.50 - $25,760  
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $103,646  
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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$49,640 - $195,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 265
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$13.56 - $354.79  
   
Overtime
$36.85 - $203.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$240K$480K$720K
Bonus
$0.50 - $25,760  
   
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $103,646  
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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$49,640 - $195,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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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Firm Attorneys may see a small drop in pay with career advancement. Quite often, those who transition into an upper level Lawyer position will earn slightly less.

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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.
Experience is important when determining pay for Firm Attorneys. After five to 10 years, salaries go from $71K to beyond six figures at $100K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $121K. Firm Attorneys who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $123K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer, (Law Firm) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 26%
Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 20%