Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney Salary

Average pay for an Intellectual Property Attorney in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $138K per year. Total cash compensation to Intellectual Property Attorneys approaches anywhere from $78K on the lower end to $246K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $49K from bonuses and upwards of $21K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Intellectual Property Attorneys claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. There are more male Intellectual Property Attorneys than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 64 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$78,413 - $205,150
MEDIAN: $138,185

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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.
$78,413 - $205,150  
$1,957 - $48,936  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $20,511  
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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).
$77,703 - $246,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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.

Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $103K per year. Intellectual Property Attorneys who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $205K. 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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Job Satisfaction

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


36 %
64 %

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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 6%