Patent Examiner Salary

A Patent Examiner earns an average salary of $89,965 per year.

$54,383 - $127,839
$54K
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$130K
MEDIAN: $89,965
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$54,383 - $127,839  
   
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$1,002 - $9,933  
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$53,255 - $131,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 47

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Job Description for Patent Examiner

Patent examiners are tasked with determining the legitimacy of a patent based on a variety of criteria, including determining that the invention described is clear in its presentation and that an average person could use it with basic instructions. Then, the patent examiner examines a design from a technical standpoint to determine if the idea being presented is feasible and not a danger to consumers.

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Patent Examiner Tasks

  • Respond to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) actions.
  • Interview clients and conduct research to understand invention.
  • Draft and prosecute patent application for invention.
  • Aid inventors and invention owners in obtaining a patent for their invention.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

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Pay by Experience Level for Patent Examiner

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,790

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Key Stats for Patent Examiner

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Patent Examiner Salaries

Late-Career
▲59%

Experienced
▲36%

Mid-Career
▲26%

National Average
$94,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Patent Examiner Salaries

Legal Research
▲5%

Technical Writing
▲4%

National Average
$94,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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