Intellectual Property Attorneys in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $139K annually. Total cash compensation to Intellectual Property Attorneys approaches anywhere from $92K on the lower end to $218K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $39K from bonuses and upwards of $79K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$90,258 - $199,359
(Median)
$90K
$140K
$200K
MEDIAN: $139,452
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50%
90%

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$12.26 - $337.66
(Median)
$12
$68
$340
MEDIAN: $67.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$90,258 - $199,359  
   
Bonus
$2,936 - $39,196  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $79,463  
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).
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$92,280 - $218,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $337.66  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$240K$480K$720K
Bonus
$2,936 - $39,196  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $79,463  
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).
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$92,280 - $218,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $117K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $148K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Intellectual Property Attorneys make a median salary of $172K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $163K on average.

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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$145,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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