Staff Attorney Salary

An average Staff Attorney in the United States can expect to take home roughly $66K annually. Total cash earnings of Staff Attorneys range from $46K on the low end to $108K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $9K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Staff Attorneys.

$46,033 - $102,634

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$19.94 - $64.11

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,033 - $102,634  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,244  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $9,000  
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).
)
$45,926 - $108,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 729
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$19.94 - $64.11  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $81.37  
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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,244  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $9,000  
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).
)
$45,926 - $108,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Though not the most common occurrence, Staff Attorneys sometimes become General Counsels, where the average income is $149K per year. Staff Attorneys moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Attorneys or Senior Staff Attorneys. The median paychecks in those roles are $13K higher and $29K higher, respectively.

Staff Attorney Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Staff Attorney


Professional skills reported by Staff Attorneys are few in number. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, Legal Document Review, and Litigation Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Legal Document Review also know Contract Negotiation and Litigation Case Management. A tool kit that includes Legal Research also typically contains 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.


For many Staff Attorneys, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $60K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $74K. Staff Attorneys claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $86K. Staff Attorneys who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $105K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Staff Attorneys, Dallas offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Staff Attorneys can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+25 percent), San Diego (+20 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Seattle (+16 percent). Philadelphia ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Baltimore and San Francisco (18 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Staff Attorney Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Staff Attorney Salaries



Legal Document Review
up arrow 2%

National Average
$68,000

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 1%

Legal Research
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 9%
ADVERTISEMENT