Real Estate Attorney Salary

Median pay for Real Estate Attorneys in the United States is around $79K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Real Estate Attorneys survey participants are more prevalent than men — 61 percent of professionals. While approximately one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Real Estate Attorneys, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,077 - $149,111
MEDIAN: $79,427

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$49,077 - $149,111  
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$48,496 - $154,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $66K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $99K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $103K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $131K.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.


61 %
39 %

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: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 26%