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Law Firm Partner Salary (United States)

Salaries for Law Firm Partners in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($191K) per year. Total incomes of Law Firm Partners incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $70K from bonuses and close to $240K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $104K and $409K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and around half have dental, as well. The majority of Law Firm Partners claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$92,722 - $350,811
MEDIAN: $166,384
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National Salary Data

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.
$92,722 - $350,811  
$1,546 - $70,117  
Profit Sharing
$3,352 - $239,619  
$9,721 - $30,521  
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).
$103,789 - $409,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 458
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Job Description for Law Firm Partner

A law firm partner is a joint owner of their firm and helps oversee its day-to-day operations. They directly supervise the firm’s legal and technical support teams, coordinate logistics for new cases, and manage budgets and vendor relationships. Other duties of a law firm partner include handling numerous cases simultaneously, interacting with lawyers within the firm to provide advice and guidance, managing payroll, and hiring clerks. These professionals also implement initiatives in the office to make sure that the office remains compliant with local, state, and federal regulations, as well as update staff on administrative issues as necessary.
Law Firm Partner Tasks
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Law Firm Partner

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As Law Firm Partners make advancements in their career path, salaries do not necessarily change. Higher-end positions, such as Law Firm Managing Partner, pay amounts similar to Law Firm Partners on average. Many Law Firm Partners choose to become Attorneys and General Counsels as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $110K less and $43K less, respectively.

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Professional skills reported by Law Firm Partners are few in number. Complex Litigation Case Management and Litigation Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 19 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Law Firm Partner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Law Firm Partners generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $108K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Law Firm Partners claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $199K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $228K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Law Firm Partners, 63 percent higher than the national average. Law Firm Partners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+62 percent), Seattle (+39 percent), Chicago (+25 percent), and San Diego (+14 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Law Firm Partner Salaries

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Skills That Affect Law Firm Partner Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 119 votes.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 28%