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Real Estate Attorney Salary

Real Estate Attorneys in the United States take home an average $84K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women Real Estate Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. While about a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$49,351 - $151,642
MEDIAN: $84,186

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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.
$49,351 - $151,642  
$0.00 - $25,532  
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).
$48,755 - $156,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 162

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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. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $70K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $101K. For Real Estate Attorneys, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $103K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $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 21 votes.


54 %
46 %

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: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 25%