Law Firm Partner Salary

Law Firm Partners in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $180K) surpassing six figures annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $100K, total cash payment to Law Firm Partners can bottom out at $104K or peak near $435K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Law Firm Partners are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Most Law Firm Partners like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$98,098 - $357,546
$98K
$180K
$360K
MEDIAN: $179,758
10%
50%
90%

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$245.66 - $425.00
$360
MEDIAN: $365.00
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$150K$300K$450K
Salary
$98,098 - $357,546  
   
Bonus
$4,783 - $99,944  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $98,450  
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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$104,180 - $434,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 354
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
$4,783 - $99,944  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $98,450  
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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$104,180 - $434,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7

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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

  • 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.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Law Firm Partner


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As Law Firm Partners transition into upper-level roles like Managing Partner, Law Firms, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Managing Partner, Law Firms earn the same amount as Law Firm Partners on average. Law Firm Partners most frequently advance into Attorney and General Counsel roles even though the median salaries are $121K 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $120K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $166K. Law Firm Partners claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $201K. Law Firm Partners who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $252K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $201,899

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

Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Law Firm Partners, 58 percent above the national average. Law Firm Partners will also find cushy salaries in New York (+51 percent), Seattle (+44 percent), Washington (+29 percent), and Atlanta (+26 percent). Law Firm Partners in New Orleans take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 34 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cleveland and Columbus (18 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Law Firm Partner

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
35%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Law Firm Partner Salaries

▲25%

▼0%

National Average
$202,000

Mid-Career
▼18%

Entry-Level
▼41%

Skills That Affect Law Firm Partner Salaries

Real Estate
▲78%

Mergers and Acquisitions
▲42%

Intellectual Property (IP)
▲19%

Strategic Marketing
▲9%


National Average
$202,000

Litigation Case Management
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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