Litigation Attorney Salary

Litigation Attorneys in the United States take home approximately $96K annually on average. Final cash compensation to Litigation Attorneys varies from around $59K to approximately $172K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $50K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in five — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a little less than one-half have dental insurance. Men working as Litigation Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$58,280 - $153,784
(Median)
$58K
$96K
$150K
MEDIAN: $96,260
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$16.75 - $329.44
(Median)
$17
$55
$330
MEDIAN: $55.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$58,280 - $153,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,110  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $49,665  
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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$58,751 - $172,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 417
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$110$220$330
Hourly Rate
$16.75 - $329.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$220K$440K$660K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,110  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $49,665  
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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$58,751 - $172,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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Job Description for Litigation Attorney

A litigation attorney is a lawyer who specializes in dealing with lawsuits and representing either plaintiffs or defendants in cases. Often simply called a litigator, they oversee the entire process of taking a lawsuit to court. This process is quite often lengthy, and it is necessary for the litigation attorney to be patient and detail-oriented.

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Litigation Attorney Tasks

  • Question witnesses, victims or others involved in the case.
  • Review reports, evidence, and conduct research.
  • Present cases in court representing the local, state or federal government.

Common Career Paths for Litigation Attorney


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Litigation Attorneys often transition into a Attorney position. Attorneys report a slightly lower median income of $81K.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Attorney


Typical Litigation Attorneys report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Complex Litigation Case Management, Litigation Case Management, trial, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Legal Research as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. trial and Litigation Case Management also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Legal Research tend to be well versed in Complex Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Litigation Attorney

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


Litigation Attorneys with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $73K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $105K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $123K. 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 $137K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $98,692

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

Home to some of the best pay for Litigation Attorneys, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Litigation Attorneys can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+40 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), Houston (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). The lowest-paying market is Boston, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Workers in Miami and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less).

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Experience Affects Litigation Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$99,000


Skills That Affect Litigation Attorney Salaries

Complex Litigation Case Management
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National Average
$99,000


trial
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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