The average pay for an Attorney / Lawyer is $75,033 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 Complex Litigation Case Management, Contract Negotiation, and Legal Compliance.
Attorney / Lawyer Total Pay (?
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$44,995 - $146,240
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $75,032
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Attorney / Lawyer Total Pay (?
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$17.25 - $249.01
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$44,995 - $146,240  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,337  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $29,538  
Commission
$0.00 - $45,958  
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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$45,637 - $169,892  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17,970
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$17.25 - $249.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.44 - $5.25  
Overtime
$8.70 - $203.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,337  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $45,958  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $29,538  
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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$45,637 - $169,892  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17,970
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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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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

National Average
$79,000

Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

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Litigation Case Management
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National Average
$79,000
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Gender
Female
42%
female alumni
 
Male
58%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 24%
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