Staff Attorney Salary

Average Staff Attorneys in the United States make around $64K per year. Total incomes of Staff Attorneys incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $13K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $46K and $104K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women make up the majority of Staff Attorneys (63 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Most Staff Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$46,220 - $101,350
$46K
$64K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,211
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50%
90%

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$22.69 - $65.89
$23
$34
$66
MEDIAN: $34.44
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,220 - $101,350  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,526  
Profit Sharing
$664 - $14,795  
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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$46,326 - $104,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 478
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.69 - $65.89  
   
Overtime
$61.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,526  
   
Profit Sharing
$664 - $14,795  
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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$46,326 - $104,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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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

  • 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 Staff Attorney


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Staff Attorneys who transition into a General Counsel role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $153K per year. When Staff Attorneys are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Attorneys or Senior Staff Attorneys. Those roles pay an additional $15K and $30K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Staff Attorney


Survey results suggest that Staff Attorneys put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Contract Management, Legal Compliance, and Legal Document Review are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 16 percent. Those listing Client Interaction as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Legal Writing and Legal Research also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Legal Document Review tend to be well versed in Contract Negotiation and Litigation Case Management. Most people experienced in Legal Research also know Litigation Case Management and Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Attorney

Pay by Experience for a Staff Attorney has a positive trend. An entry-level Staff Attorney with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 358 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Staff Attorney with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 111 salaries. An experienced Staff Attorney which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 56 salaries. A Staff Attorney with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 32 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,697

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

For Staff Attorneys, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Staff Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in New York (+28 percent), San Diego (+24 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and Salt Lake City (+19 percent). Baltimore is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Washington (8 percent less) and Dallas (7 percent less).

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Key Stats for Staff Attorney

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Staff Attorney Salaries

▲48%

▲38%

▲7%

National Average
$66,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Staff Attorney Salaries


Contract Management
▲13%



National Average
$66,000


Complex Litigation Case Management
▼3%


Legal Writing
▼11%

Client Interaction
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 12%
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