City Attorneys in the United States can expect wages of $83K per year on average. Something to celebrate is that most people in this position are highly satisfied with their jobs. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male City Attorneys greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,443 - $154,930
MEDIAN: $82,942

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$50,443 - $154,930  
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$49,657 - $156,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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Job Description for City Attorney

City attorneys represent their city or municipality in legal matters. They may be elected or appointed; depending on the size of the city or municipality they represent, they may be full-time public employees or lawyers in private practice on contract to represent the city as needed. Tasks performed by the city attorney may include reviewing contracts or agreements under consideration, handling lawsuits brought against the city and providing legal guidance to the city and its leaders as needed. They may also prosecute minor crimes depending on their city or municipality's needs.


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Pay by Experience Level for City Attorney

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 incomes. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $65K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $85K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $117K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $130K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects City Attorney Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.


25 %
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 93%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits