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Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney Salary

Generous salaries abound for Intellectual Property Attorneys in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($142K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $49K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $21K, overall incomes of Intellectual Property Attorneys spread between $81K and $247K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Intellectual Property Attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Intellectual Property Attorneys who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$79,251 - $205,549
MEDIAN: $141,600

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$79,251 - $205,549  
$3,945 - $49,458  
Profit Sharing
$1,301 - $20,729  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$80,975 - $246,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133

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Job Description for Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney

  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

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Pay by Experience Level for Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Annually raking in $107K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. For Intellectual Property Attorneys, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $210K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $161K.

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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.


35 %
65 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 4%