Managing Attorney Salary

Wages for Managing Attorneys in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($112K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Managing Attorneys vary widely between $61K and $291K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $73K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Managing Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Managing Attorneys are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$59,643 - $218,761

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$59,643 - $218,761  
$255.32 - $73,406  
Profit Sharing
$3,959 - $73,974  
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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).
$61,445 - $290,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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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 take an Attorney role, an upper-level role, may see a decrease in pay. Pay for Attorneys is usually $81K.

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Survey results show that Managing Attorneys typically report just a few professional skills. Legal Compliance and People Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 16 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Managing Attorney

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

Managing Attorneys generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $83K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $105K. On average, Managing Attorneys make $125K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $186K.

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Experience Affects Managing Attorney Salaries

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Skills That Affect Managing Attorney Salaries

Legal Compliance
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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 43 votes.


48 %
52 %

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: 51% employee benefits None: 11%