Law Firm Partner Salary (United States)

Salaries for Law Firm Partners in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($191,890) per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and 28 percent lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by most and dental coverage is claimed by about half. Male Law Firm Partners are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. For the most part, Law Firm Partners enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Law Firm Partner Salary (?
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$89,492 - $338,632
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National Salary Data

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$89,492 - $338,632  
   
Bonus
$2,409 - $73,781  
Profit Sharing
$3,854 - $206,084  
Commission
$9,826 - $30,000  
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$103,533 - $403,103  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 437
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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.
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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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Law Firm Partners do not experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Law Firm Managing Partner will not bring in more or less money than some lower-level roles. More commonly, Law Firm Partners take pay cuts as they move into roles as Lawyers or General Counsels, making $111K or $44K less per year, respectively.

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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 salaries for more plentiful past experience. Compensation begins at $109K per year, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out in the field. Salary comes to $197K after 10 to 20 years. As Law Firm Partners reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $230,647. Law Firm Partners with 10 to 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with more than 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with one to 10 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$192,000
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Surpassing the national average by 62 percent, Law Firm Partners in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Seattle, Chicago, and San Diego, where Law Firm Partners annually earn 59 percent, 35 percent, 20 percent, and 16 percent more than the national average. With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Law Firm Partner Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$192,000
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Law Firm Partner Salaries

Litigation Case Management
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Complex Litigation Case Management
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National Average
$192,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
28%
female alumni
 
Male
72%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 28%
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