Managing Attorney Salary

Managing Attorneys enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($115K) annually in the United States. In the world of Managing Attorneys, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $75K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $81K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $61K and $292K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Managing Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Managing Attorneys are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$59,719 - $221,752
MEDIAN: $115,316

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National Salary Data (?
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$59,719 - $221,752  
$251.11 - $74,666  
Profit Sharing
$3,898 - $81,094  
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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).
$61,277 - $292,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 217
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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.

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Managing Attorneys may see a hefty downturn in earnings if they take top-notch roles like Attorney. The average pay for an Attorney is $81K.

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Job skills reported by Managing Attorneys are limited. Legal Compliance and People Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Managing Attorneys. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $83K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $105K. For Managing Attorneys, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $131K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $182K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.


46 %
54 %

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: 50% employee benefits None: 11%