Litigation Attorney Salary

Earnings for Litigation Attorneys in the United States come in at around $97K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Litigation Attorneys approaches anywhere from $60K on the lower end to $172K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $49K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over two-fifths collect dental insurance. Men working as Litigation Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent.

$59,264 - $154,616

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$17.18 - $339.62

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$59,264 - $154,616  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,459  
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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$59,983 - $172,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 373
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 - $20,459  
   
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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$59,983 - $172,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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Many Litigation Attorneys transition into upper-level roles like Attorney. However, Attorneys do report a slightly lower median income of $81K per year.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Attorney


Litigation Attorneys only report a few specific skills. 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. Those proficient in Legal Research are, more often than not, 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Litigation Attorneys. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $73K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $105K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $123K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $145K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Litigation Attorneys, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 44 percent above the national average. Litigation Attorneys can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+39 percent), Houston (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+17 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Boston. Miami and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Litigation Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%



National Average
$99,000


Skills That Affect Litigation Attorney Salaries

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
22%
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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