Litigation Attorney Salary

Litigation Attorneys in the United States pull down an average of $87K annually. In the world of Litigation Attorneys, overall income ranges from $58K near the bottom to $174K at the top; this can include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $52K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Though the majority of Litigation Attorneys do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little over a half collect dental insurance. Women Litigation Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$56,584 - $152,396
$57K
$87K
$150K
MEDIAN: $87,290
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$16.64 - $357.45
$17
$49
$360
MEDIAN: $49.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$56,584 - $152,396  
   
Bonus
$0.93 - $20,430  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $51,521  
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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$57,774 - $173,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$16.64 - $357.45  
   
Overtime
$1.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$240K$480K$720K
Bonus
$0.93 - $20,430  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $51,521  
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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$57,774 - $173,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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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


Survey takers who work as Litigation Attorneys typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in trial, Complex Litigation Case Management, Litigation Case Management, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Research and Litigation Case Management. Most people skilled in Legal Research are similarly competent in Complex Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Litigation Attorney

Pay by Experience for a Litigation Attorney has a positive trend. An entry-level Litigation Attorney with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 103 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Litigation Attorney with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 65 salaries. An experienced Litigation Attorney which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 40 salaries. A Litigation Attorney with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $135,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $91,973

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

Dallas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Litigation Attorneys, 90 percent above the national average. Litigation Attorneys can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+55 percent), Washington (+50 percent), Houston (+41 percent), and Seattle (+31 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Boston, 12 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Litigation Attorney

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Litigation Attorney Salaries

▲47%

▲28%

▲6%

National Average
$92,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Litigation Attorney Salaries

trial
▲4%


National Average
$92,000



Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 16%