Law Firm Partner Salary

Salaries for Law Firm Partners in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($176K) per year. Cash earnings for Law Firm Partners — which occasionally include more than $74K from bonuses and more than $169K from profit sharing — stretch from around $110K to approximately $445K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more male Law Firm Partners than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 68 percent. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, close to one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Law Firm Partners. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$98,214 - $382,449
(Median)
$98K
$180K
$380K
MEDIAN: $175,652
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$38.50 - $493.16
(Median)
$38
$250
$490
MEDIAN: $245.00
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90%

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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$150K$300K$450K
Salary
$98,214 - $382,449  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $73,867  
Profit Sharing
$3,315 - $168,662  
Commission
$12,500  
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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$109,644 - $444,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 524
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$38.50 - $493.16  
   
Overtime
$77.50  
National Annualized 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$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$0.00 - $73,867  
   
Commission
$12,500  
Profit Sharing
$3,315 - $168,662  
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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$109,644 - $444,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Law Firm Managing Partner. The two jobs pay about the same 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 $121K less and $51K less, respectively.

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Survey results suggest that Law Firm Partners put a wide range of professional skills to use. Lucky workers who know Real Estate can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. Complex Litigation Case Management and Strategic Marketing are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 13 percent and 30 percent. Litigation Case Management, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Law Firm Partner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Law Firm Partners who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $111K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $164K. Law Firm Partners with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $207K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $239K on average.

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Experience Affects Law Firm Partner Salaries



National Average
$202,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

Entry-Level
up arrow 45%

Skills That Affect Law Firm Partner Salaries

Real Estate
up arrow 30%


Strategic Marketing
up arrow 13%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 9%

National Average
$202,000

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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