Salaries for Regulatory Lawyers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($98K) per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Regulatory Lawyers (67 percent) who took the survey are women. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$58,379 - $197,646
MEDIAN: $98,099

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$60,911 - $228,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Regulatory Lawyer

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

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $77K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $110K. For Regulatory Lawyers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $148K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $187K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Job Satisfaction

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


67 %
33 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 16%