Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney Salary

Intellectual Property Attorneys in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $139K) surpassing six figures annually. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Intellectual Property Attorneys are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Intellectual Property Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$90,510 - $198,408
$91K
$140K
$200K
MEDIAN: $139,279
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$12.26 - $337.66
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MEDIAN: $75.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$90,510 - $198,408  
   
Bonus
$2,061 - $39,416  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$90,953 - $218,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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
$2,061 - $39,416  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$90,953 - $218,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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Job Description for Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney

  • 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.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • 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.

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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 untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $118K on average. For Intellectual Property Attorneys, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $168K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $164K.

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Key Stats for Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney Salaries

Experienced
▲16%

Late-Career
▲13%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$145,000

Entry-Level
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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