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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 ($140K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $49K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $21K, overall incomes of Intellectual Property Attorneys spread between $80K and $246K depending on individual performance. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Male Intellectual Property Attorneys are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 65 percent of professionals. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$78,682 - $205,205
MEDIAN: $139,648

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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.
$78,682 - $205,205  
$3,945 - $49,458  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $20,511  
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).
$80,107 - $246,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136

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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.

Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $106K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $210K in this role. Intellectual Property Attorneys who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $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 21 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%