Patent Agent Salary

Median pay for Patent Agents in the United States is around $92K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $18K and $25K, respectively — total cash payment to Patent Agents can bottom out near $56K or peak near $139K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Patent Agents like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,132 - $130,082
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$60K
$92K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,246
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$17.23 - $69.04
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$17
$36
$69
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,132 - $130,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,617  
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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$55,878 - $138,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 317
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $69.04  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,617  
   
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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$55,878 - $138,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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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Patent Agents who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Intellectual Property, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Molecular Biology.

Pay Difference by Location


For Patent Agents, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Patent Agents will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+23 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), Austin (+15 percent), and Palo Alto (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 14 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (12 percent less) and St. Louis (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Patent Agent Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$95,000


Skills That Affect Patent Agent Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 4%

National Average
$95,000

Biotechnology
up arrow 2%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%