Real Estate Attorneys in the United States can expect to earn an average of $68K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Real Estate Attorneys (52 percent) who responded to the survey. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,090 - $135,051
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MEDIAN: $67,708
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$48,090 - $135,051  
   
Bonus
$983 - $31,441  
Profit Sharing
$7,630  
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$48,524 - $148,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 119

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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

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

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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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $61K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $73K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $97K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $133K.

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Key Stats for Real Estate Attorney

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Real Estate Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 92%

Experienced
up arrow 41%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$69,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Real Estate Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 14%

National Average
$69,000

Real Estate
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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