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Experienced Attorney / Lawyer Salary (United States)

Experienced Attorneys receive generous compensation — earning an average of $117K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. The range in cash compensation to Experienced Attorneys (largely between $66K and $240K) includes potential earnings of $43K from bonuses, $49K from profit sharing, and commissions of $69K in exceptional cases. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair portion have medical insurance and just under a half receive dental plans. Men working as Experienced Attorneys just barely outnumber women at 58 percent. For the most part, Experienced Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Experienced Attorney / Lawyer Salary (?
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$61,986 - $187,922
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $107,454
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Experienced Attorney / Lawyer Salary (?
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$34.80 - $276.10
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MEDIAN: $102.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$61,986 - $187,922  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $43,015  
Profit Sharing
$1,980 - $49,226  
Commission
$-0.49 - $68,510  
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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$65,522 - $240,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,899
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$130$260$390
Hourly Rate
$34.80 - $276.10  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $375.00  
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$260K$520K$780K
Bonus
$0.00 - $43,015  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $68,510  
Profit Sharing
$1,980 - $49,226  
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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$65,522 - $240,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Seattle
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Atlanta
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Tampa
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$117,000
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Philadelphia
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Boston
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With a pay rate for Experienced Attorneys that is 31 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other big spenders include Washington, Dallas, Seattle, and New York, top-paying cities where Experienced Attorneys see paychecks higher than average (+26 percent, +22 percent, +21 percent, and +16 percent). Boston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent.
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Skills That Affect Experienced Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 44%
Leadership
up arrow 18%
Regulatory Compliance
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Legal Compliance
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Research Analysis
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Spanish Language
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Technical Writing
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Client Interaction
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Negotiation
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National Average
$117,000
Litigation Case Management
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Insurance
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Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 744 votes.

Gender

Female
42%
female alumni
 
Male
58%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 25%