Managing Attorney Salary

Managing Attorneys in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $114K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to Managing Attorneys ranges from $61K on the lower end to $291K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $73K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Managing Attorneys making up 53 percent of survey respondents. For the most part, Managing Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,227 - $218,538
MEDIAN: $113,724

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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.
$59,227 - $218,538  
$256.77 - $73,031  
Profit Sharing
$3,973 - $73,404  
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).
$60,678 - $290,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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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 deep cut in pay as they move into an upper-level role like Attorney. That position usually brings in $81K.

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Managing Attorneys who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Legal Compliance and People Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The relatively untested earn a median of $83K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $106K. On average, Managing Attorneys make $128K following one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $186K on average.

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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 45 votes.


47 %
53 %

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: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 11%