Law Firm Partner Salary

Law Firm Partners in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $180K) surpassing six figures annually. With some bonuses approaching $99K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $85K, overall incomes of Law Firm Partners spread between $108K and $441K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although approximately one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Men make up the majority of Law Firm Partners (67 percent) survey respondents. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$99,764 - $353,985
$100K
$180K
$350K
MEDIAN: $179,953
10%
50%
90%

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$250.00 - $450.00
$360
MEDIAN: $365.00
50%

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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
$99,764 - $353,985  
   
Bonus
$2,966 - $99,081  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $85,000  
Commission
$20,000  
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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$108,239 - $440,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 347
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$150$300$450
Hourly Rate
$365.00  
   
Overtime
$125.00  
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$150K$300K$450K
Bonus
$2,966 - $99,081  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $85,000  
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).
)
$108,239 - $440,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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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. Law Firm Partners most frequently advance into Attorney and General Counsel roles even though the median salaries are $122K lower and $50K lower, 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.


For many Law Firm Partners, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $115K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $166K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Law Firm Partners who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $204K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $250K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $202,835

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Law Firm Partners, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 55 percent above the national average. Law Firm Partners will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+45 percent), Seattle (+43 percent), New York (+36 percent), and Washington (+33 percent). The lowest-paying market is New Orleans, which sits 34 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Cleveland and Columbus are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Law Firm Partner

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Law Firm Partner Salaries

▲23%

▲1%

National Average
$203,000

Mid-Career
▼18%

Entry-Level
▼43%

Skills That Affect Law Firm Partner Salaries

Real Estate
▲77%

Mergers and Acquisitions
▲41%

Intellectual Property (IP)
▲22%



National Average
$203,000

Litigation Case Management
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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