Patent Agent Salary (United States)

A relatively unseasoned group of workers, a little over a half of Patent Agents report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $94,337 annually on average. Pay ranges from $50,969 on the low end to $139,043 per year on the higher side. Total cash compensation to Patent Agents ranges from $50,969 on the lower end to $139,043 on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $17,452 each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Patent Agents making up 58 percent of workers. Work is enjoyable for Patent Agents, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Patent Agent Salary (?
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$51,447 - $129,743
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $91,675
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Patent Agent Salary (?
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$17.23 - $172.61
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,447 - $129,743  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,452  
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $25,342  
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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$50,969 - $139,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 246
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $172.61  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,452  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $25,342  
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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$50,969 - $139,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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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Popular Skills for Patent Agent

Professional skills reported by Patent Agents are few in number. Intellectual Property (IP) is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. Most people familiar with Intellectual Property (IP) also know Biotechnology.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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Palo Alto
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Seattle
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San Jose
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Atlanta
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San Francisco
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New York
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Washington
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National Average
$94,000
Houston
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Los Angeles
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Boston
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Minneapolis
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St. Louis
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San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Patent Agents, 27 percent above the national average. Palo Alto, Seattle, San Jose, and Atlanta are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Patent Agents earning around 25 percent, 25 percent, 24 percent, and 17 percent more than average. Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Employers pay around -8 percent in Boston and -8 percent in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Patent Agent Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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$94,000

Skills That Affect Patent Agent Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
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National Average
$94,000
Biotechnology
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Molecular Biology
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
42%
female alumni
 
Male
58%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%