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Patent Agent Salary

Patent Agents in the United States pull down an average of $92K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $18K and $25K, respectively — total cash payment to Patent Agents can bottom out near $58K or peak near $140K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Patent Agents claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,949 - $131,058
(Median)
$60K
$92K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,143
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$17.23 - $69.04
(Median)
$17
$36
$69
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,949 - $131,058  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,121  
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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$57,662 - $139,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $69.04  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,121  
   
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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$57,662 - $139,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Typical Patent Agents report a focused set of job skills. 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


Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Patent Agents, 25 percent higher than the national average. Patent Agents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palo Alto (+24 percent), San Jose (+23 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), and Austin (+15 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 20%

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
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 11%
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