Patent Attorney Salary

Compensation for Patent Attorneys in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($132K). Total cash compensation for Patent Attorneys runs from $80K to $220K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $38K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Patent Attorneys (85 percent) who took the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Patent Attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$77,887 - $195,781
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$78K
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MEDIAN: $131,744
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$20.27 - $202.03
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$77,887 - $195,781  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $37,823  
Profit Sharing
$148.99 - $20,426  
Commission
$500  
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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$79,661 - $219,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 655
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $202.03  
   
Overtime
$75.00  
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.
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $37,823  
   
Commission
$500  
Profit Sharing
$148.99 - $20,426  
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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$79,661 - $219,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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Job Description for Patent Attorney

A patent attorney works in a company to ensure that its patents adhere to standard protocols and are defended against infringements. The position requires the candidate to have a law degree and to have passed the bar exam in the state in which the company is located. Additionally, certain companies look for lawyers who have studied engineering, biological, or other technology-related fields.

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Patent Attorney Tasks

  • Describe inventions in strict legal terms and drafts patent application; challenge, negotiate, resolve and amend contested patent areas.
  • Analyze scientific and technical documents previously granted patents to determine if invention is new, innovative and does not infringe upon patented items.
  • Works with federal patent examiners to resolve any patent related issues.
  • Discuss invention and research the likelihood of successfully attaining a patent.
  • Litigates patent infringement controversies in court.

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Popular Skills for Patent Attorney


Survey results suggest that Patent Attorneys use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Intellectual Property, Prosecution, Patent Prosecution, and Patents are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Technical Writing and Patents as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those familiar with Intellectual Property also tend to know Patent Prosecution.

Pay by Experience Level for Patent Attorney

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $120K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $155K. Patent Attorneys who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $179K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $176K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $139,595

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

For Patent Attorneys, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Patent Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+19 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles. Employers also pay below the national average in San Diego (13 percent lower) and Minneapolis (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Patent Attorney Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$140,000


Skills That Affect Patent Attorney Salaries


Prosecution
up arrow 3%

National Average
$140,000

Patent Prosecution
up arrow 2%

Patents
up arrow 11%

Technical Writing
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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