City Attorney Salary

An average City Attorney in the United States can expect to take home roughly $90K per year. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. For the most part, City Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,777 - $144,539
MEDIAN: $89,663

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$49,777 - $144,539  
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$48,796 - $147,389  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

City Attorneys do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $78K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $87K. For City Attorneys, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $89K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $112K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.


55 %
45 %

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: 98% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 2%