Litigation Attorney Salary

For Litigation Attorneys, annual average wages total $96K per year. Cash earnings for Litigation Attorneys — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $50K from profit sharing — stretch from around $59K to approximately $172K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and slightly less than one-half have dental, too. Men make up a slight majority of Litigation Attorneys (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Litigation Attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction.

$58,280 - $153,784
(Median)
$58K
$96K
$150K
MEDIAN: $96,260
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$16.75 - $329.44
(Median)
$17
$55
$330
MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$58,280 - $153,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,110  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $49,665  
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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$58,751 - $172,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 417
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$110$220$330
Hourly Rate
$16.75 - $329.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$220K$440K$660K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,110  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $49,665  
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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$58,751 - $172,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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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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


Professional skills reported by Litigation Attorneys are few in number. Most notably, skills in Complex Litigation Case Management, Litigation Case Management, trial, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Legal Research as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. trial and Litigation Case Management also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $73K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $105K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $123K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $137K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $98,692

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

For Litigation Attorneys, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Litigation Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+40 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), Houston (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). Boston is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Chicago (8 percent less).

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Experience Affects Litigation Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$99,000


Skills That Affect Litigation Attorney Salaries

Complex Litigation Case Management
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National Average
$99,000


trial
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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