Attorney / Lawyer Salary in Los Angeles (United States)

Lawyer can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary—around $100,492 per year. Pay starts at $53,623 and can approach $204,902 per year on the higher side. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Lawyers in Los Angeles. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Attorney / Lawyer in Los Angeles, California Salary (?
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$53,619 - $180,388
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $98,029
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Attorney / Lawyer in Los Angeles, California Salary (?
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$19.73 - $240.24
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MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$53,619 - $180,388  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,309  
Profit Sharing
$3,575 - $29,361  
Total Pay (?
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$53,623 - $204,902  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 649
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$19.73 - $240.24  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $73.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,309  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,575 - $29,361  
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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$53,623 - $204,902  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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Pay by Experience Level for Attorney / Lawyer in Los Angeles, California

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. At career start, salaries are typically $78K, which quickly surpasses six figures to $113K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $133K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Los Angeles Lawyers earning an average of $156K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.

Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer in Los Angeles, California Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%
National Average
$100,000

Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer in Los Angeles, California Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 102%
Leadership
up arrow 50%
Legal Compliance
up arrow 20%
Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 20%
Insurance
up arrow 9%
Research Analysis
up arrow 4%
National Average
$100,000
Legal Research
up arrow 1%
Technical Writing
up arrow 14%
Spanish Language
up arrow 43%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
41%
female alumni
 
Male
59%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 21%
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