City Attorney Salary

City Attorneys in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with a little more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $87K annually on average but can range from $55K to $149K per year. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. City Attorneys survey participants are largely women, dominating at 61 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$53,943 - $150,000
MEDIAN: $87,226

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$53,943 - $150,000  
$0.00 - $19,574  
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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).
$55,320 - $149,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59

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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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $64K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $89K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $90K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $106K.

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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 6 votes.


61 %
39 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 5%