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Litigation Attorney Salary

Litigation Attorneys in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $99K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Litigation Attorneys, total cash compensation can vary between $60K and $174K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $50K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Litigation Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than half collect dental insurance. Men working as Litigation Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$59,121 - $156,334
(Median)
$59K
$99K
$160K
MEDIAN: $98,562
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$17.74 - $320.56
(Median)
$18
$60
$320
MEDIAN: $60
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90%

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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
$59,121 - $156,334  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,382  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $50,000  
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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$60,159 - $173,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 340
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$110$220$330
Hourly Rate
$17.74 - $320.56  
   
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$220K$440K$660K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,382  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $50,000  
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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$60,159 - $173,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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.

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Litigation Attorneys may see a hefty downturn in earnings if they take top-notch roles like Attorney. The average pay for an Attorney is $81K.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Attorney


Survey results show that Litigation Attorneys typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Complex Litigation Case Management and trial are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Legal Research. Most people experienced in 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $74K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $109K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Litigation Attorneys see a median salary of $125K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $146K.

Pay Difference by Location


Litigation Attorneys will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 54 percent. Litigation Attorneys can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+41 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with San Diego Litigation Attorneys earning much less — 36 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Boston and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (25 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Litigation Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%



National Average
$101,000


Skills That Affect Litigation Attorney Salaries


trial
up arrow 6%

National Average
$101,000

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 2%

Legal Research
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

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: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 20%