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Law Firm Partner Salary

Generous salaries abound for Law Firm Partners in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($168K) per year. Total cash compensation to Law Firm Partners bottoms out near $104K and approaches $403K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $70K from bonuses and almost $190K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Law Firm Partners (68 percent) who took the survey are men. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. The majority of Law Firm Partners claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$93,375 - $348,079
(Median)
$93K
$170K
$350K
MEDIAN: $168,296
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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.
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$93,375 - $348,079  
   
Bonus
$59.60 - $70,167  
Profit Sharing
$2,900 - $190,000  
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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$103,997 - $403,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 451

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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Law Firm Managing Partner. Managing Partner, Law Firms on average make about as much as Law Firm Partners do. Law Firm Partners most frequently become Attorneys and General Counsels even though median compensation is $111K lower and $43K lower, respectively.

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Typical Law Firm Partners report a focused set of job skills. Complex Litigation Case Management and Litigation Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 18 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.


For many Law Firm Partners, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $114K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $159K. Law Firm Partners who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $193K. Law Firm Partners who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $227K.

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Experience Affects Law Firm Partner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%


National Average
$192,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Entry-Level
up arrow 40%

Skills That Affect Law Firm Partner Salaries


Litigation Case Management
up arrow 17%

National Average
$192,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 26%
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