Patent Agent Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Patent Agents (over a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $94K. Total cash earnings of Patent Agents range from $60K on the low end to $141K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $18K and $25K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. More than half of Patent Agents (61 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Read More
$60,427 - $130,705

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$17.36 - $112.55

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary 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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,427 - $130,705  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,393  
Profit Sharing
$1,226 - $25,168  
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).
)
$60,238 - $140,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 344
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$17.36 - $112.55  
   
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.
)
$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,393  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,226 - $25,168  
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).
)
$60,238 - $140,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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.

Patent Agent (Non-Attorney) Job Listings

Search for more jobs:


Survey results show that Patent Agents typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Intellectual Property, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

Pay Difference by Location


For Patent Agents, busy Palo Alto offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Patent Agents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+25 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), and Austin (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Los Angeles is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (11 percent less) and Washington (9 percent less).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Patent Agent Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Mid-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$94,000


Skills That Affect Patent Agent Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 3%

National Average
$94,000

Biotechnology
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
ADVERTISEMENT