The average pay for an Attorney / Lawyer is $80,035 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Intellectual Property (IP), Complex Litigation Case Management, Regulatory Compliance, Leadership, and Contract Negotiation.

$48,438 - $154,206
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$48K
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MEDIAN: $80,035
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$20.05 - $242.23
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MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$48,438 - $154,206  
   
Bonus
$494.05 - $25,717  
Profit Sharing
$20.61 - $30,116  
Commission
$300.00 - $41,000  
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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$49,022 - $176,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7,331
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$20.05 - $242.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.22  
Overtime
$9.70 - $198.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$494.05 - $25,717  
   
Commission
$300.00 - $41,000  
Profit Sharing
$20.61 - $30,116  
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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$49,022 - $176,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 513
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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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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,741

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What is it like working as an Attorney / Lawyer?

Attorney / Lawyer in Hillsborough:
"Behind the culture bell curve."
Pros: I have an awesome boss who has been a great mentor. We work with real people with real issues, so most days are pretty active. I feel that I'm learning a lot about how basic elements of how the world works.
Cons: Really only the formality of the culture: the suits, the impossible expectations (of clients) of perfection from a human system, etc. I miss feeling like a regular human being in jeans and a t-shirt on the sidewalk.

Attorney / Lawyer in Crown Point:
Pros: Challenge, Diversity of Responsibilities and Work Performed/Clients Represented, Trials, Mediation, Direct Interaction and Decision Making with Clients, Collaborative Team Environment.
Cons: Support staff, lack of technology and progression of firm management, lack of availability of managing partner, micromanagement of some tasks and clients.

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
$84,000


Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer Salaries









Litigation Case Management
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$84,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1002 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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