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Patent Agent Salary

Patent Agents in the United States can expect wages of $92K annually on average. Cash earnings for Patent Agents — including $17K in bonuses and $25K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $52K to $137K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Patent Agents (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Patent Agents like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$52,505 - $129,076
(Median)
$53K
$92K
$130K
MEDIAN: $91,787
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$17.23 - $172.61
(Median)
$17
$36
$170
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,505 - $129,076  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,344  
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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$51,506 - $137,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 267
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $172.61  
   
National Annualized 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.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,344  
   
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).
)
$51,506 - $137,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 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.

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Popular Skills for Patent Agent


Survey takers who work as Patent Agents report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Intellectual Property, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those educated in Intellectual Property tend to be well versed in Biotechnology.

Pay Difference by 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 Seattle (+26 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), and Palo Alto (+11 percent). Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Boston (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Patent Agent Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

National Average
$94,000


Skills That Affect Patent Agent Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$94,000

Biotechnology
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 13%