Managing Attorneys in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $122K annually. Incomes of Managing Attorneys vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $98K cause paychecks to spread between $76K on the low end and $265K on the high end. Career length 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 51 percent of the field. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$74,572 - $217,892
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MEDIAN: $121,830
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$74,572 - $217,892  
   
Bonus
$1,030 - $98,450  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $100,671  
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$76,136 - $264,782  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 141

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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.

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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.

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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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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. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $96K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $114K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Managing Attorneys make a median salary of $137K. Managing Attorneys who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $156K on average.

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Key Stats for Managing Attorney

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Managing Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$126,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Managing Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 55%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 19%


National Average
$126,000

People Management
up arrow 2%

Office Management
up arrow 9%

Legal Research
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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