Staff Attorney Salary

Average Staff Attorneys in the United States make around $66K per year. Total cash earnings of Staff Attorneys range from $46K on the low end to $109K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $11K and $10K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Staff Attorneys. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,919 - $103,067
(Median)
$46K
$66K
$100K
MEDIAN: $65,707
10%
50%
90%

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$19.96 - $63.87
(Median)
$20
$32
$64
MEDIAN: $32.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,919 - $103,067  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,584  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $10,033  
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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$45,819 - $108,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 809
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.96 - $63.87  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $73.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,584  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $10,033  
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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$45,819 - $108,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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Job Description for Staff Attorney

Staff attorneys are legal employees who work for a variety of organizations, often as full-time employees. Staff attorneys use their legal expertise to help deal with the day-to-day legal issues with which their organization needs regular assistance. The daily duties of a staff attorney might include advising their employer on legal matters, performing pre-litigation analysis, conducting research as it pertains to legal matters within their organization, and carrying out legal proceedings. Staff attorneys usually work in an office within their company's legal department, where they look over paperwork, prepare analysis, and carry out other jobs required by their supervisors. Their supervisors might include senior staff attorneys and/or the head of the legal department. This is typically a full-time position, although overtime may be required as tasks require. In all tasks, staff attorneys must follow relevant privacy regulations.

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Staff Attorney 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.

Common Career Paths for Staff Attorney


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Though not the most common occurrence, Staff Attorneys sometimes become Senior Counsels, where the average income is $170K per year. Career advancement for the typical Staff Attorney often leads to becoming an Attorney or a Senior Staff Attorney; median salaries in these positions are $14K higher and $30K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Staff Attorney


Staff Attorneys report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, Legal Document Review, and Litigation Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Legal Writing. Those educated in Legal Document Review tend to be well versed in Litigation Case Management and Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Attorney

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


Staff Attorneys generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $60K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Staff Attorneys who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $88K. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,237

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

Staff Attorneys will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Staff Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+20 percent), New York (+18 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Staff Attorneys in Philadelphia make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Baltimore and San Francisco (13 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Staff Attorney Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Staff Attorney Salaries



Legal Document Review
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National Average
$67,000

Legal Research
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Litigation Case Management
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Legal Writing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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