Law Firm Partner Salary (United States)

Compensation for Law Firm Partners in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($191,890). Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $77K from bonuses and more than about $210K from profit sharing—stretch from around $89,492 to approximately $338,632. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While 28 percent report receiving no health benefits, 72 percent do receive medical coverage, and about half have dental, as well. Making up 72 percent of the field, male Law Firm Partners greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Law Firm Partners is high. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Law Firm Partner Salary (?
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$89,492 - $338,632
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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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As Law Firm Partners make advancements in their career path, salaries do not necessarily change. Those in less important roles often earn amounts similar to those in higher-end positions, such as Law Firm Managing Partner. Law Firm Partners most often move into positions as Lawyers or General Counsels, where they typically take pay cuts of $111K or $44K per year.

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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.
For many but not all Law Firm Partners, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. At career start, salaries are well into six figures at $109K per year. Salary comes to $197K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Law Firm Partners earning an average of $230,647 per year. The majority of Law Firm Partners have only 10 to 20 years of practice in the field. Workers with more than 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with one to 10 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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$192,000
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For Law Firm Partners, Washington provides a pay rate that is 62 percent greater than the national average. Other big spenders include New York, Seattle, Chicago, and San Diego, top-paying cities where Law Firm Partners see paychecks higher than average (+59 percent, +35 percent, +20 percent, and +16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami.

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Experience Affects Law Firm Partner Salaries

Late-Career
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$192,000
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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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