City Attorney Salary
Earnings for City Attorneys in the United States come in at around $86K annually on average. Male City Attorneys are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction for City Attorneys is extremely high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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|Salary||$49,068 - $152,474|
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|$41,888 - $154,873|
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.
Pay by Experience Level for City Attorney
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of City Attorneys. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $65K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $85K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $119K. City Attorneys who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $130K.
Key Stats for City Attorney
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