Patent Agent Salary

Median pay for Patent Agents in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $96K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $16K and $35K, respectively — total cash payment to Patent Agents can bottom out near $65K or peak near $144K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Patent Agents like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Patent Agents survey respondents are men (71 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$64,684 - $137,607
$65K
$96K
$140K
MEDIAN: $96,213
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$27.51 - $43.17
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MEDIAN: $38.50
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$0$144K
Salary $64,684 - $137,607
Bonus $50.00 - $15,505
Profit Sharing $1,014 - $34,521
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$64,927 - $144,050
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 239
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $38.50
Overtime $51.00
Annual Data $0$144K
Bonus $50.00 - $15,505
Profit Sharing $1,014 - $34,521
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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$64,927 - $144,050
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 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

  • Draft and prosecute patent application for invention
  • Respond to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) actions
  • Interview clients and conduct research to understand invention
  • Aid inventors and invention owners in obtaining a patent for their invention
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses

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Pay by Experience Level for Patent Agent

Pay by Experience for a Patent Agent has a positive trend. An entry-level Patent Agent with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 157 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Patent Agent with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $108,000 based on 64 salaries. An experienced Patent Agent which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $121,000 based on 35 salaries. A Patent Agent with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $132,000 based on 10 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,645

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

Surpassing the national average by 22 percent, Patent Agents in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Patent Agents will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+21 percent) and Seattle (+20 percent). Patent Agents in Minneapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 32 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Los Angeles (17 percent less) and Atlanta (12 percent less).

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Key Stats for Patent Agent

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Patent Agent Salaries

Late-Career
▲35%

Experienced
▲23%

▲10%

National Average
$98,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Patent Agent Salaries

Engineering Design
▲3%

National Average
$98,000

Technical Writing
▼3%


Biotechnology
▼5%

Molecular Biology
▼6%

Patent Prosecution
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 7%
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