Total annual pay for Patent Agents is approximately $92K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — more than a third on average. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Patent Agents who answered the questionnnaire. Almost all enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$63,881 - $135,449
$64K
$91K
$140K
MEDIAN: $91,149
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,881 - $135,449  
   
Bonus
$515 - $17,452  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Commission
$33,000  
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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$64,533 - $141,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$38.50  
   
Overtime
$51.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$515 - $17,452  
   
Commission
$33,000  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$64,533 - $141,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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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

  • Respond to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) actions.
  • Interview clients and conduct research to understand invention.
  • Draft and prosecute patent application for invention.
  • Aid inventors and invention owners in obtaining a patent for their invention.
  • 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Patent Agents. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $85K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $108K. Patent Agents with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $122K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $132K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,193

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

For Patent Agents, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Patent Agents will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+28 percent), Seattle (+27 percent), Austin (+18 percent), and Boston (+5 percent). Patent Agents in Minneapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 28 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Los Angeles and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Patent Agent

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
045
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Patent Agent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$92,000


Skills That Affect Patent Agent Salaries

Engineering Design
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Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Biotechnology
up arrow 1%

Intellectual Property (IP)
0%

Molecular Biology
0%

National Average
$92,000

Patent Prosecution
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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