On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (more than a third) of final income for Patent Agents. That final number averages out to $94K across the industry. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Patent Agents report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Patent Agents who answered the questionnnaire. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$64,611 - $135,012
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$65K
$92K
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MEDIAN: $91,953
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Salary
$64,611 - $135,012  
   
Bonus
$976 - $19,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,600  
Commission
$33,000  
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$65,083 - $142,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 252
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Patent Agent

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $86K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $105K. Patent Agents bring in $124K after working for 10 to 20 years. Patent Agents with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $125K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,736

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Patent Agents, Palo Alto provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Patent Agents will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), and Austin (+16 percent). Patent Agents in Minneapolis take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 29 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Denver (13 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Patent Agent Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$94,000


Skills That Affect Patent Agent Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 8%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Intellectual Property (IP)
0%

National Average
$94,000

Biotechnology
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Molecular Biology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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