Patent Agent Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Patent Agents. The median take-home amount in this area is around $94K, and on average, over a third of that final number comes from commissions. Final cash compensation to Patent Agents varies from around $63K to approximately $139K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $18K and $25K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Patent Agents is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. More than half of Patent Agents (61 percent) survey respondents are men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$62,894 - $130,238
(Median)
$63K
$91K
$130K
MEDIAN: $91,316
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$17.52 - $111.50
(Median)
$18
$36
$110
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,894 - $130,238  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,473  
Profit Sharing
$1,237 - $25,083  
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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$62,548 - $139,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$17.52 - $111.50  
   
Overtime
$60.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,473  
   
Commission
$33,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,237 - $25,083  
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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$62,548 - $139,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Intellectual Property, Technical Writing, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Patent Agent

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Patent Agents with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $87K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $112K. Patent Agents bring in $126K after working for 10 to 20 years. Patent Agents who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $127K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,735

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

For Patent Agents, working in the bustling city of Palo Alto has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Patent Agents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+25 percent), San Jose (+25 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), and Austin (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Minneapolis and 6 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Patent Agent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$94,000


Skills That Affect Patent Agent Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
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Technical Writing
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National Average
$94,000

Biotechnology
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Molecular Biology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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