Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney Salary

Wages for Intellectual Property Attorneys in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($143K) per year. Total cash compensation for Intellectual Property Attorneys runs from $80K to $244K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $41K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Intellectual Property Attorneys claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Intellectual Property Attorneys (68 percent) who took the survey are men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$80,509 - $202,772
(Median)
$81K
$140K
$200K
MEDIAN: $142,821
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$12.26 - $337.66
(Median)
$12
$68
$340
MEDIAN: $67.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$80,509 - $202,772  
   
Bonus
$1,957 - $40,756  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $20,134  
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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$80,413 - $244,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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
$1,957 - $40,756  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $20,134  
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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$80,413 - $244,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $112K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $157K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Intellectual Property Attorneys, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $182K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Intellectual Property Attorneys report making only $180K on average.

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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$151,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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