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Patent Agent Salary (United States)

Slightly more than half of Patent Agents report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $92K per year on average. Total incomes of Patent Agents incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $17K from bonuses and close to $25K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $51K and $139K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men working as Patent Agents just barely outnumber women at 58 percent. Work is enjoyable for Patent Agents, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Patent Agent Salary (?
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$51,447 - $129,743
(Median)
51K
77K
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130K
MEDIAN: $91,675
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Patent Agent Salary (?
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$17.23 - $172.61
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,447 - $129,743  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,452  
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $25,342  
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).
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$50,969 - $139,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 246
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $172.61  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,452  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $25,342  
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).
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$50,969 - $139,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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Job Description for Patent Agent

Inventors looking to obtain protection for their innovations employ patent practitioners, otherwise known as patent agents, for assistance with the patent application process. Certified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), patent agents help prospective inventors navigate the complex requirements of patent application.
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Patent Agent 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.
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

Patent Agent (Non-Attorney) Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Patent Agent

Job skills reported by Patent Agents are limited. Those who have experience with Intellectual Property , Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology can expect to be compensated well for these skills. It is often found that people who know Intellectual Property are also skilled in Biotechnology.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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Palo Alto
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Seattle
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San Jose
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Atlanta
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San Francisco
up arrow 8%
New York
up arrow 6%
Washington
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National Average
$94,000
Houston
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Los Angeles
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Boston
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Minneapolis
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St. Louis
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For those looking to make money, Patent Agents in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Patent Agents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palo Alto (+25 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), and Atlanta (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 9 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 8 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Boston and Minneapolis.

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Experience Affects Patent Agent Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 35%
Mid-Career
up arrow 23%
National Average
$94,000

Skills That Affect Patent Agent Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
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National Average
$94,000
Biotechnology
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Molecular Biology
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
42%
female alumni
 
Male
58%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%