Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney Salary

Intellectual Property Attorneys in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $143K) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings for Intellectual Property Attorneys — including $41K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $80K to $244K depending on individual performance. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Intellectual Property Attorneys, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Intellectual Property Attorneys who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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.


Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $112K per year. Intellectual Property Attorneys claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $182K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $180K by contrast.

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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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