Managing Attorney Salary

Managing Attorneys in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $123K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Managing Attorneys ranges from $76K on the lower end to $269K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $98K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women make up a slight majority of Managing Attorneys (51 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$74,602 - $220,080
$75K
$120K
$220K
MEDIAN: $122,776
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$74,602 - $220,080  
   
Bonus
$979 - $98,389  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $100,671  
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$76,479 - $268,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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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.

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Managing Attorney Tasks

  • Manage outside counsel.
  • Direct legal staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Advise company's management on legal issues.
  • Act in a corporate secretary role; taking minutes at board meetings.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

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Compensation may take a strong hit for Managing Attorneys who move to positions like Attorney. Attorneys usually make $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.


For many Managing Attorneys, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $96K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $115K. On average, Managing Attorneys make $141K following one to two decades on the job. Managing Attorneys with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $154K.

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Key Stats for Managing Attorney

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Managing Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

▲10%

National Average
$128,000

Mid-Career
▼10%

Entry-Level
▼25%

Skills That Affect Managing Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
▲53%

Legal Compliance
▲17%


National Average
$128,000

People Management
▼3%

Office Management
▼11%

Legal Research
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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