Managing Attorney Salary

Median pay for Managing Attorneys in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $112K annually. In the world of Managing Attorneys, total cash compensation can vary between $59K and $294K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $75K and $61K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Managing Attorneys making up 55 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$57,661 - $219,636
MEDIAN: $112,421

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$57,661 - $219,636  
$257.60 - $74,666  
Profit Sharing
$3,959 - $61,400  
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).
$58,882 - $293,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 177

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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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Managing Attorneys who move into an Attorney role may often bring in a much lower salary. On average, Attorneys earn $81K.

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Managing Attorneys who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. People Management and Litigation Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Managing 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. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $76K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $105K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $131K. Managing Attorneys who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $182K.

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Experience Affects Managing Attorney Salaries

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Skills That Affect Managing Attorney Salaries

People Management
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National Average

Litigation Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.


45 %
55 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%