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.

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MEDIAN: $88,897
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$49,316 - $157,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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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.


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.

Key Stats for City Attorney

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
26%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects City Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 39%

National Average
$86,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 93%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None:
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