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Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney Salary

Salaries for Intellectual Property Attorneys in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($136K) per year. Total cash compensation for Intellectual Property Attorneys runs from $80K to $245K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $49K and profit sharing that can reach almost $21K. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Intellectual Property Attorneys. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 68 percent of Intellectual Property Attorneys are male. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$78,923 - $203,648
MEDIAN: $130,537

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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.
$78,923 - $203,648  
$3,854 - $48,832  
Profit Sharing
$2,909 - $20,781  
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).
$79,733 - $244,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 138
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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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $102K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $226K in this role. Intellectual Property 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 $239K.

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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.


32 %
68 %

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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 5%