Litigation Attorney Salary

Average Litigation Attorneys in the United States make around $97K per year. Total incomes of Litigation Attorneys incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $20K from bonuses and close to $49K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $60K and $173K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Litigation Attorneys making up 53 percent of survey respondents. A fair number enjoy medical while more than two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in three. Job satisfaction for Litigation Attorneys is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$59,365 - $154,924
(Median)
$59K
$97K
$150K
MEDIAN: $97,132
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$17.18 - $339.62
(Median)
$17
$60
$340
MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$59,365 - $154,924  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,476  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $49,493  
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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$60,097 - $173,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 368
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 - $20,476  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $49,493  
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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$60,097 - $173,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 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 Complex Litigation Case Management, trial, 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. Most people 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Litigation Attorneys. Inexperienced workers earn around $73K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $105K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $123K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $146K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Litigation Attorneys, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Litigation Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+38 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Houston (+20 percent), and New York (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Boston is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Miami and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Litigation Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$100,000


Skills That Affect Litigation Attorney Salaries


trial
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National Average
$100,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 19%
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