Patent Agent Salary

The median total income of Patent Agents is around $95K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (over a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Overall cash earnings for Patent Agents stretch from $60K on the lower end to $141K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $19K from bonuses and $25K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Patent Agents (61 percent) survey respondents are male. Job satisfaction for Patent Agents is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,483 - $131,398
(Median)
$60K
$92K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,022
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$17.36 - $112.55
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$17
$38
$110
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,483 - $131,398  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,629  
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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$60,280 - $141,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 339
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$17.36 - $112.55  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,629  
   
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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$60,280 - $141,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Survey takers who work as Patent Agents usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Intellectual Property, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Molecular Biology.

Pay Difference by Location


For Patent Agents, busy Palo Alto offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Patent Agents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), San Jose (+23 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), and Austin (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Los Angeles is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Minneapolis and 9 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Patent Agent Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

National Average
$95,000


Skills That Affect Patent Agent Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 3%

National Average
$95,000

Biotechnology
up arrow 2%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

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
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
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