Experienced Attorney / Lawyer Salary (United States)

Salaries for Experienced Lawyers are generous, with average pay above six figures ($117,422) per year. Cash earnings of Experienced Lawyers—including $42K bonuses, $49K profit sharing proceeds, and $69K commissions near the top of the pay scale—stretch from approximately $65,522 to approximately $240,092 depending on individual performance. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—about one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, most have medical insurance and about half receive dental plans. Men make up a slight majority of Experienced Lawyers (58 percent). Job satisfaction for Experienced Lawyers is high. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
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  
PayScale
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 (?
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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  
PayScale
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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$117,000
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Experienced Lawyers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Experienced Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+26 percent), Dallas (+22 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), and New York (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is Boston, which sits 7 percent below the national average.

Skills That Affect Experienced Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 44%
Leadership
up arrow 18%
Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 11%
Legal Compliance
up arrow 7%
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
0%
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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Highly satisfied
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%
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