Managing Attorney Salary

Managing Attorneys enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($113K) annually in the United States. In the world of Managing Attorneys, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $74K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $80K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $62K and $280K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men make up a slight majority of Managing Attorneys (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. The majority of Managing Attorneys claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,012 - $217,921
MEDIAN: $112,783

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National Salary Data (?
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$60,012 - $217,921  
$247.17 - $74,152  
Profit Sharing
$3,931 - $80,000  
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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).
$61,900 - $280,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 232
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Job Description for Managing Attorney

Managing attorneys are the backbone of any law firm and oversee all office operations. Their basic duty is to coordinate and operate the firm as a business while maintaining and promoting relationships with clients and associates. They are also responsible for budgeting expenses and advising fellow associates, clients, and firm volunteers. Other responsibilities include recruiting, training, mentoring, hiring, case review/assignment, and creating an efficient, well-structured team, all while ensuring the firm is in full compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations. The managing attorney may still carry their own case load, but their primary focus is that of a manager which acts as the firm’s representative.


Managing Attorney Tasks

  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Assure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.

Common Career Paths for Managing Attorney

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As Managing Attorneys transition into upper-level roles like Attorney, they may see a sharp decline in salary. Attorneys will usually earn $81K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Managing Attorney

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

Managing Attorneys with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $92K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $106K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Managing Attorneys make a median salary of $138K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $164K.

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Experience Affects Managing Attorney Salaries

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Skills That Affect Managing Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
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Legal Compliance
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People Management
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National Average

Litigation Case Management
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Legal Research
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.


47 %
53 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 11%