City Attorney Salary
Pay for City Attorneys in the United States sits in the ballpark of $89K per year. Most City Attorneys survey respondents are men (76 percent). Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
Aspiring city attorneys should earn a doctoral degree in the law, as well as have substantial legal experience. They also need to be licensed to practice law in their city or municipality.
City attorneys must have an excellent understanding of current laws, the legal system and their municipality or city. They often offer their city or municipality legal advice on a wide range of issues - such as open records, human resources and contracts, among others - and so they must be knowledgeable about relevant laws and able to conduct the legal research necessary to provide accurate, useful advice to their client.
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Pay by Experience Level for City Attorney
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
City Attorneys generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $66K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $85K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $120K. 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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