Litigation Attorney Salary

Compensation for Litigation Attorneys in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($98K). Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $49K, respectively — total cash payment to Litigation Attorneys can bottom out near $60K or peak near $174K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than two-fifths earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Litigation Attorneys, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Litigation Attorneys (53 percent) who responded to the survey. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,353 - $155,140
(Median)
$59K
$98K
$160K
MEDIAN: $97,547
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$17.18 - $339.62
(Median)
$17
$60
$340
MEDIAN: $60
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$59,353 - $155,140  
   
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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$60,127 - $173,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 364
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$17.18 - $339.62  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$60,127 - $173,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


Typical Litigation Attorneys report a focused set of job 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. It is often found that people who know Legal Research are also skilled in Complex Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Litigation Attorney

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $74K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $106K. Litigation Attorneys with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $123K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $147K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Litigation Attorneys, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 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). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Boston. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (15 percent lower) and Chicago (11 percent lower).

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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
18%

Common Health Benefits

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