City Attorney Salary

Median pay for City Attorneys in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $90K annually. In this profession, nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and slightly more than half have vision insurance, as well. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$45,615 - $147,949
$46K
$90K
$150K
MEDIAN: $90,303
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$45,615 - $147,949  
   
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$41,888 - $153,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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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

Pay by Experience for a City Attorney has a positive trend. An entry-level City Attorney with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 21 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A City Attorney with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 22 salaries. An experienced City Attorney which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $119,000 based on 10 salaries. A City Attorney with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 11 salaries.

Key Stats for City Attorney

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects City Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
▲54%

Experienced
▲40%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$85,000

Entry-Level
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 4%
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