Managing Attorneys in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $122K annually. Overall cash earnings for Managing Attorneys vary widely between $75K and $267K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $99K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Male Managing Attorneys are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Women make up a slight majority of Managing Attorneys (50 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Managing Attorneys. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$73,766 - $223,845
MEDIAN: $122,476

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$73,766 - $223,845  
$1,014 - $98,811  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $100,671  
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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).
$74,770 - $266,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 138

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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Managing Attorney

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Managing Attorneys may experience a considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Attorney position, where pay tends to be around $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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Managing Attorneys. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $95K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $117K. Managing Attorneys with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $141K. 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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Experience Affects Managing Attorney Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Managing Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
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Legal Compliance
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National Average

People Management
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Office Management
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Legal Research
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.


50 %
50 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 7%