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Real Estate Attorney Salary

Real Estate Attorneys in the United States can expect wages of $89K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Real Estate Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Real Estate Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and slightly less than half have dental, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$50,289 - $152,528
(Median)
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$89K
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MEDIAN: $89,102
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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.
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Salary
$50,289 - $152,528  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,361  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $19,653  
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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$49,905 - $158,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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.

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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $74K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $102K. Real Estate Attorneys see a median salary of $109K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $131K.

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Experience Affects Real Estate Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$94,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 25%