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 $167K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation for Law Firm Partners runs from $107K to $420K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $72K and profit sharing that can reach almost $181K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men make up the majority of Law Firm Partners (68 percent) survey respondents. Although roughly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over a half get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$97,424 - $357,271
MEDIAN: $166,892

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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.
$97,424 - $357,271  
$-0.46 - $71,769  
Profit Sharing
$2,553 - $181,207  
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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).
$107,188 - $420,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 458
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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.


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

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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. A lot of Law Firm Partners advance their careers by becoming Attorneys and General Counsels. However, those positions offer $111K less and $42K less per year on average.

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Law Firm Partners who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Lucky workers who know Real Estate can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 36 percent above average. Complex Litigation Case Management and Litigation Case Management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 16 percent and 36 percent.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $114K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Law Firm Partners bring in $199K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $226K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Real Estate
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.


32 %
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 24%