Real Estate Attorney Salary

The average Real Estate Attorney in the United States earns approximately $80K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Real Estate Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Real Estate Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high. Some workers in this field — nearly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$48,952 - $147,064

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$48,232 - $154,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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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.

Real Estate Attorneys generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $67K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $99K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $102K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $130K on average.

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Job Satisfaction

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


58 %
42 %

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: 72% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 26%