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Managing Attorney Salary

The average Managing Attorney in the United States earns approximately $116K per year. Total cash earnings of Managing Attorneys range from $59K on the low end to $294K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $74K and $61K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Managing Attorneys claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Managing Attorneys (54 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$58,244 - $220,278
MEDIAN: $115,841

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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.
$58,244 - $220,278  
$252.25 - $74,326  
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).
$59,392 - $293,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184

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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 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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Typical Managing Attorneys report a focused set of job skills. Legal Compliance and People Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 7 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Inexperienced workers earn around $78K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $105K. For Managing Attorneys, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $138K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $186K.

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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

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 42 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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%