Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney Salary

On average, Intellectual Property Attorneys in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($139K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total cash compensation to Intellectual Property Attorneys approaches anywhere from $88K on the lower end to $214K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $37K from bonuses and upwards of $79K from profit sharing. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Intellectual Property Attorneys greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Work is enjoyable for Intellectual Property Attorneys, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$89,244 - $191,910
$89K
$140K
$190K
MEDIAN: $138,557
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$12.08 - $342.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$89,244 - $191,910  
   
Bonus
$1,987 - $37,248  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $79,463  
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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$87,703 - $213,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $342.69  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$240K$480K$720K
Bonus
$1,987 - $37,248  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $79,463  
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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$87,703 - $213,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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

Pay by Experience for an Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney has a positive trend. An entry-level Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $150,000 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $178,000 based on 36 salaries. An Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $198,000 based on 9 salaries.

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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 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
▲38%

Experienced
▲24%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$143,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 10%