Senior Attorney Salary

Senior Attorneys in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $133K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Attorneys approaches anywhere from $80K on the lower end to $225K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $44K from bonuses and upwards of $76K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men working as Senior Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$78,419 - $195,475
$78K
$130K
$200K
MEDIAN: $132,919
10%
50%
90%

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$47.50 - $162.50
$51
MEDIAN: $51.20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$78,419 - $195,475  
   
Bonus
$1,030 - $44,219  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $75,503  
Commission
$6,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$79,933 - $224,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$51.20  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Bonus
$1,030 - $44,219  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $75,503  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$79,933 - $224,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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Job Description for Senior Attorney

A great deal of legal work, including both civil and criminal litigation, is done with teams of lawyers. A senior attorney is the person who helps to manage such teams. He or she is normally a partner in a firm or a high-level specialist retained by one. The senior attorney typically directs the preparations of the team in representing a client. The senior attorney also represents the team when meeting with the legal representatives from the adversarial side of a case. Should the case be argued in court, typically the senior attorney takes the lead in presenting his or her team's information and arguments.

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Senior Attorney Tasks

  • 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.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Attorney


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It doesn't happen often, but some Senior Attorneys do move on to become Senior Counsels. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $168K per year. More often than not, an Attorney role is the next step for Senior Attorneys moving up in the field. Pay for Attorneys is usually $81K. Many Senior Attorneys choose to take on a General Counsel role instead, where salaries are typically $153K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Attorney


Survey results suggest that Senior Attorneys use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Contract Negotiation, Legal Research, and Litigation Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Negotiation, litigation, and Contract Management. Those familiar with Contract Negotiation also tend to know Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Attorney

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. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $91K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $133K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $148K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $163K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $143,863

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Senior Attorneys that is 25 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and Portland (+8 percent). Compared to the national average, Los Angeles Senior Attorneys have considerably lower salaries, 35 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and New York (15 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Attorney

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Senior Attorney Salaries

▲14%

▲3%

National Average
$144,000

▼8%

Entry-Level
▼37%

Skills That Affect Senior Attorney Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
▲18%


Legal Research
▼0%

National Average
$144,000


Intellectual Property (IP)
▼6%

Contract Management
▼8%

litigation
▼15%

Negotiation
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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