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Real Estate Attorney Salary

Pay for Real Estate Attorneys in the United States sits in the ballpark of $87K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Some workers in this field — close to a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a little less than half. Women Real Estate Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,983 - $152,118
MEDIAN: $87,183

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National Salary 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.
$49,983 - $152,118  
$0.00 - $25,912  
Profit Sharing
$2,430 - $19,832  
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).
$49,534 - $156,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158

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Job Description for Real Estate Attorney

Few business transactions can be as complicated, or symbolic of the risks of financial resources, as those involving real estate. Real estate attorneys are lawyers who specialize in this area. Their work revolves around assisting buyers and sellers in working through difficult contracts and closing language, and also represent interested parties when civil remedies through lawsuits are involved. They may also represent interested parties in foreclosure proceedings.


Real Estate Attorney Tasks

  • Meet stringent deadlines.
  • Represent client in all real estate business dealings and make executive decisions as needed.
  • Negotiate and draft real estate documentation, including leases, licensing, and purchasing and selling agreements.
  • Maintain client confidentiality.

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Pay by Experience Level for Real Estate Attorney

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

For many Real Estate Attorneys, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $73K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $101K. Real Estate Attorneys claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $104K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $131K on average.

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Experience Affects Real Estate Attorney Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


52 %
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 25%