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.

$49,068 - $152,474
$49K
$86K
$150K
MEDIAN: $86,476
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$41,888 - $154,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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 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

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects City Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
▲53%

Experienced
▲40%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$85,000

Entry-Level
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 92%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None:
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