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Attorney / Lawyer Salary

The average pay for an Attorney / Lawyer is $76,438 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Intellectual Property (IP), Regulatory Compliance, Complex Litigation Case Management, Contract Negotiation, and Legal Compliance.
$45,486 - $148,698
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MEDIAN: $76,437
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$18.27 - $242.69
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$45,486 - $148,698  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,980  
Profit Sharing
$994 - $30,180  
Commission
$0.00 - $43,631  
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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$46,184 - $171,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 13,777
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$18.27 - $242.69  
   
Overtime
$11.99 - $196.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,980  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $43,631  
Profit Sharing
$994 - $30,180  
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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$46,184 - $171,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,161
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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

  • 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 liability, 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.

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What is it like working as an Attorney / Lawyer?

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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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer Salaries




National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer Salaries









Legal Document Review
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Litigation Case Management
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National Average
$80,000





Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3064 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 24%