Law Firm Partner Salary

Salaries for Law Firm Partners in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($176K) per year. In the world of Law Firm Partners, total cash compensation can vary between $110K and $445K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $74K and $169K, respectively. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the majority of Law Firm Partners (68 percent) survey respondents. Although approximately one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a little more than half get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Law Firm Partners enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. 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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90%

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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 (?
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$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' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Law Firm Managing Partner. On average, Managing Partner, Law Firms get paid about the same as Law Firm Partners do. Law Firm Partners most often move into positions as Attorneys or General Counsels. Attorneys actually earn $121K less on average, however, and General Counsels earn $51K less per year than Law Firm Partners do.

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Survey takers who work as Law Firm Partners usually report a few specific skills. 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. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $111K on average. Law Firm Partners see a median salary of $207K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $239K.

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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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