Patent Agent Salary

A large fraction of take-home pay for Patent Agents comes from commissions — more than a third on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $94K. In the world of Patent Agents, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $19K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $25K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $60K and $141K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the majority of Patent Agents (61 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$60,167 - $131,200
(Median)
$60K
$92K
$130K
MEDIAN: $91,501
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$17.36 - $112.55
(Median)
$17
$38
$110
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,167 - $131,200  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,566  
Profit Sharing
$1,216 - $25,253  
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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$59,847 - $140,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 343
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Hourly Rate
$17.36 - $112.55  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,566  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,216 - $25,253  
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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$59,847 - $140,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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.

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Professional skills reported by Patent Agents are few in number. Those who have experience with Intellectual Property, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

Pay Difference by Location


For Patent Agents, working in the bustling city of Palo Alto has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Patent Agents will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+24 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), and Austin (+16 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Washington (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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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)
up arrow 3%

National Average
$94,000

Biotechnology
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
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