Staff Attorney Salary (United States)

A Staff Attorney earns an average salary of $65,094 per year. A skill in Contract Negotiation is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Staff Attorney Salary (?
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$45,098 - $103,169
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MEDIAN: $65,093
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Staff Attorney Salary (?
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$19.66 - $64.11
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,098 - $103,169  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,186  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,757  
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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$44,778 - $108,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 671
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$19.66 - $64.11  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $83.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,186  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,757  
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).
)
$44,778 - $108,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Staff Attorney

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Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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Seattle
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San Diego
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Dallas
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Houston
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Atlanta
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Columbus
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Boston
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San Francisco
0%
National Average
$66,000
New York
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Salt Lake City
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Washington
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Los Angeles
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Baltimore
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Nashville
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Experience Affects Staff Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$66,000

Skills That Affect Staff Attorney Salaries

Legal Document Review
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Litigation Case Management
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National Average
$66,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 10%