Regulatory Lawyer Salary

Average pay for a Regulatory Lawyer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $118K per year. Men make up a slight majority of Regulatory Lawyers (57 percent) who responded to the survey. Just under a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Regulatory Lawyers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$61,974 - $252,693
MEDIAN: $117,934

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$60,975 - $266,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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.

Regulatory Lawyers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $80K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $122K. Regulatory Lawyers see a median salary of $165K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $187K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.


43 %
57 %

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: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 23%