Managing Attorney Salary

Wages for Managing Attorneys in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($116K) per year. Total cash compensation to Managing Attorneys approaches anywhere from $60K on the lower end to $288K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $73K from bonuses and upwards of $61K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Managing Attorneys (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,033 - $217,149
MEDIAN: $115,597

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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.
$59,033 - $217,149  
$256.02 - $73,215  
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).
$60,402 - $288,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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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 see a hefty downturn in earnings if they take top-notch roles like Attorney. The average pay for an Attorney is $81K.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Managing Attorneys who took the survey. Those who have experience with Legal Compliance, People Management, and Litigation Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $88K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $106K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $128K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $186K.

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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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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: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 11%