Real Estate Attorneys in the United States take home approximately $67K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Real Estate Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and around half have dental, too. Male Real Estate Attorneys are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$46,440 - $134,390
MEDIAN: $66,673

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$46,440 - $134,390  
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$47,553 - $143,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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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

  • 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $61K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $72K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Real Estate Attorneys make a median salary of $91K. Real Estate Attorneys who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $133K.

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Experience Affects Real Estate Attorney Salaries

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Skills That Affect Real Estate Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


47 %
53 %

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: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 23%