Managing Attorney Salary

Managing Attorneys in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $113K annually. Cash earnings for Managing Attorneys — including $74K in bonuses and $80K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $62K to $280K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Managing Attorneys making up 53 percent of survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,012 - $217,921
MEDIAN: $112,783

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$60,012 - $217,921  
$247.17 - $74,152  
Profit Sharing
$3,931 - $80,000  
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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).
$61,900 - $280,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 232
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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 who move into an Attorney role may often bring in a much lower salary. On average, Attorneys earn $81K.

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Managing Attorneys report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 61 percent, 23 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Legal Research and Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Managing Attorney

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

For many Managing Attorneys, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $92K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $106K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $138K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $164K.

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Experience Affects Managing Attorney Salaries

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Skills That Affect Managing Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
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Legal Compliance
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People Management
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National Average

Litigation Case Management
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Legal Research
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 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: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 11%