City Attorney Salary

City Attorneys in the United States take home an average $89K annually. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male City Attorneys are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Women make up a slight majority of City Attorneys (50 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,064 - $141,676
MEDIAN: $89,102

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$51,064 - $141,676  
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$50,111 - $144,414  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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.

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for City Attorneys — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $75K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $87K on average. City Attorneys with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $89K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $109K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects City Attorney Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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


50 %
50 %

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: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits