Median pay for Litigation Attorneys in the United States is around $91K annually. In the world of Litigation Attorneys, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $25K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $51K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $57K and $173K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly more than half collect dental insurance. Most Litigation Attorneys are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average.

$56,423 - $150,928
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$56K
$91K
$150K
MEDIAN: $90,647
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$16.48 - $309.13
(Median)
$16
$51
$310
MEDIAN: $50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$56,423 - $150,928  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,717  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $51,064  
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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$57,475 - $172,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$110$220$330
Hourly Rate
$16.48 - $309.13  
   
Overtime
$1.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$220K$440K$660K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,717  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $51,064  
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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$57,475 - $172,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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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Although many Litigation Attorneys transition into Attorney roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $81K.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Attorney


Job skills reported by Litigation Attorneys are limited. Most notably, skills in Complex Litigation Case Management, trial, Litigation Case Management, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Legal Research and Litigation Case Management. Those familiar with Legal Research also tend to 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. The relatively untested earn a median of $74K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $102K. Litigation Attorneys claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $120K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $137K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,168

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

For those looking to make money, Litigation Attorneys in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Litigation Attorneys can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+43 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), Houston (+24 percent), and Chicago (+22 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Boston is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in New York and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Litigation Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$96,000


Skills That Affect Litigation Attorney Salaries

Complex Litigation Case Management
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trial
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National Average
$96,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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