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Managing Attorney Salary

For Managing Attorneys, yearly average wages total $117K annually. Total incomes of Managing Attorneys incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $75K from bonuses and close to $61K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $59K and $298K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Managing Attorneys are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$58,398 - $222,170
MEDIAN: $116,798

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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.
$58,398 - $222,170  
$251.11 - $74,666  
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).
$59,461 - $297,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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 $80K.

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Survey takers who work as Managing Attorneys report a focused set of job skills. People Management and Litigation Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. 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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Managing Attorneys. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $76K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $103K. Managing Attorneys bring in $140K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average 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

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 39 votes.


45 %
55 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 12%