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Litigation Attorney Salary

The average Litigation Attorney in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $97K annually. In the world of Litigation Attorneys, overall income ranges from $60K near the bottom to $171K at the top; this can include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $50K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Litigation Attorneys, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Litigation Attorneys are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and just over two-fifths earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$58,982 - $154,936
(Median)
$59K
$97K
$150K
MEDIAN: $97,170
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$17.18 - $339.62
(Median)
$17
$60
$340
MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$58,982 - $154,936  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,245  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $49,833  
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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$59,708 - $170,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 357
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$17.18 - $339.62  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$240K$480K$720K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,245  
   
Profit Sharing
$970 - $49,833  
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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$59,708 - $170,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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

  • 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 liability, 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 Litigation Attorney


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Litigation Attorneys who take on a higher-level position such as Attorney may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Attorneys on average bring home $81K.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Attorney


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Litigation Attorneys who took the survey. Most notably, skills in trial, Complex Litigation Case Management, Litigation Case Management, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Legal Research and Litigation Case Management as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know Legal Research also know 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $73K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $105K. Litigation Attorneys see a median salary of $124K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $147K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Litigation Attorneys that is 43 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Litigation Attorneys can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+39 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Houston (+20 percent), and New York (+17 percent). Litigation Attorneys in Boston earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers pay around 16 percent less in San Diego and 14 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Litigation Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%



National Average
$100,000


Skills That Affect Litigation Attorney Salaries

trial
up arrow 7%

Complex Litigation Case Management
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National Average
$100,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 19%
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