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Law Firm Partner Salary (United States)

Salaries for Law Firm Partners in the United States are bountiful, with average pay above six figures ($192K) per year. Cash earnings for Law Firm Partners — including $74K in bonuses and $206K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $104K to $403K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but most have medical insurance, and just under one-half have dental, too. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Law Firm Partners. Job satisfaction for Law Firm Partners is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Law Firm Partner Salary (?
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$89,492 - $338,632
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National Salary Data

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$0$140K$280K$420K
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$89,492 - $338,632  
   
Bonus
$2,409 - $73,781  
Profit Sharing
$3,854 - $206,084  
Commission
$9,826 - $30,000  
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$103,533 - $403,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 437
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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 a change in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Law Firm Managing Partner. That job pays about the same. Many Law Firm Partners choose to become Attorneys and General Counsels as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $111K less and $44K less, respectively.

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Law Firm Partners who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Litigation Case Management and Complex Litigation Case Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Law Firm Partner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Law Firm Partners. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $109K per year. Law Firm Partners with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $197K. Law Firm Partners who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $231K on average. The largest share of Law Firm Partners have 10 to 20 years of experience, followed by those with more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$192,000
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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Law Firm Partners, 62 percent above the national average. New York, Seattle, Chicago, and San Diego also offer top salaries for Law Firm Partners. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 59 percent, 35 percent, 20 percent, and 16 percent more, respectively. Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Law Firm Partner Salaries

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$192,000
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Skills That Affect Law Firm Partner Salaries

Litigation Case Management
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Complex Litigation Case Management
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National Average
$192,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
28%
female alumni
 
Male
72%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 28%