Regulatory Lawyer Salary

Regulatory Lawyers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $117K) surpassing six figures annually. Work is enjoyable for Regulatory Lawyers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Regulatory Lawyers (55 percent) who responded to the survey. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$60,133 - $249,319
MEDIAN: $117,376

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$59,588 - $263,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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Job Description for Regulatory Lawyer

Regulatory lawyers will need to know all of the specific rules and regulations for the industries that they specialize in. They work for companies to make sure that everything they do is legal and allowed, so they can make their products or services available to the public.


Regulatory Lawyer Tasks

  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Regulatory Lawyers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $81K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $125K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $150K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $187K.

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Job Satisfaction

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


45 %
55 %

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: 71% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 22%