Staff Attorney Salary (United States)

A Staff Attorney earns an average salary of $65,020 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Intellectual Property (IP) and Contract Negotiation. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Staff Attorney Total Pay (?
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$45,104 - $102,377
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65K
83K
100K
MEDIAN: $65,019
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Staff Attorney Total Pay (?
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$19.62 - $64.96
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28
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,104 - $102,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,188  
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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$44,804 - $107,686  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 741
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$19.62 - $64.96  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $83.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,188  
   
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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$44,804 - $107,686  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 741
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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
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Cincinnati
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Chicago
up arrow 29%
Seattle
up arrow 27%
Houston
up arrow 17%
Dallas
up arrow 14%
Atlanta
up arrow 8%
Boston
up arrow 8%
San Francisco
up arrow 5%
Salt Lake City
up arrow 3%
Washington
up arrow 2%
Columbus
up arrow 1%
National Average
$66,000
Los Angeles
up arrow 15%
Philadelphia
up arrow 17%
Baltimore
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Experience Affects Staff Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 49%
National Average
$66,000

Skills That Affect Staff Attorney Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 29%
Legal Document Review
up arrow 3%
National Average
$66,000
Legal Compliance
up arrow 4%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 178 votes.
Gender
Female
55%
female alumni
 
Male
45%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
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: 54% employee benefits None: 10%
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