Attorney / Lawyer Salary

The average pay for an Attorney / Lawyer is $81,112 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Intellectual Property (IP), Complex Litigation Case Management, Regulatory Compliance, Leadership, and Contract Negotiation.

$49,074 - $156,671
$49K
$81K
$160K
MEDIAN: $81,247
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$20.08 - $242
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$47
$240
MEDIAN: $46.51
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$0$180K
Salary $49,074 - $156,671
Bonus $502 - $29,067
Profit Sharing $49.32 - $34,555
Commission $613 - $40,912
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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$49,633 - $180,816
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 13,647
Hourly Data $0$242
Hourly Rate $20.08 - $242
Hourly Tips $3.13
Overtime $14.92 - $133
Annual Data $0$180K
Bonus $502 - $29,067
Commission $613 - $40,912
Profit Sharing $49.32 - $34,555
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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$49,633 - $180,816
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 983

Job Description for Attorney / Lawyer

Attorneys apply the law to specific situations and advise their clients on a course of action based on legal rights and responsibilities. Some attorneys work in the business world, providing counsel to corporate clients on business transactions. Other attorneys work with persons in the legal system, advocating on their behalf and representing them in court actions.

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Attorney / Lawyer Tasks

  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liability, 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Attorney / Lawyer

Pay by Experience for an Attorney / Lawyer has a positive trend. An entry-level Attorney / Lawyer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 3,913 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Attorney / Lawyer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 2,120 salaries. An experienced Attorney / Lawyer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 1,625 salaries. An Attorney / Lawyer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $136,000 based on 906 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,331

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

Attorney / Lawyer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Attorney / Lawyer?

Attorney / Lawyer in New York:
"The work."
Pros: I like that I am able to do the type of work that I have always wanted to do and I believe I can learn a lot while I am here.
Cons: Often times it is difficult/stressful when interacting with my boss. It is only the two of us at the firm now and my boss is not always the easiest person to work with. My boss sometimes has outbursts (yelling, attitude, etc) when something goes wrong. My boss quickly forgets about it and then acts as though the outburst never happened. My boss can also be forgetful of things and makes it hard to deal with.

Attorney / Lawyer in Hillsborough:
"Behind the culture bell curve."
Pros: I have an awesome boss who has been a great mentor. We work with real people with real issues, so most days are pretty active. I feel that I'm learning a lot about how basic elements of how the world works.
Cons: Really only the formality of the culture: the suits, the impossible expectations (of clients) of perfection from a human system, etc. I miss feeling like a regular human being in jeans and a t-shirt on the sidewalk.

Attorney / Lawyer in Newport Beach:
"Review."
Pros: Flexibility with schedule and coming and going.
Cons: The work is boring and not fulfilling.

Attorney / Lawyer in Dallas:
Pros: I enjoy helping people reach the American dream.
Cons: It can be stressful and sometimes you are unappreciated.

Attorney / Lawyer in Hays:
"Lawyer."
Pros: Meaningful work without major stress.
Cons: Not always sure of the bigger picture.

Attorney / Lawyer in Chicago:
Pros: Responbility. Going to court. Client interaction. Variety of work. Coworkers. Environment. Support.
Cons: Salary.

Attorney / Lawyer in Orlando:
"Corporate environment that is very fast paced."
Pros: New challenges almost every day.
Cons: Client is in the building with you and expects quick turnaround for all legal requests.

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Key Stats for Attorney / Lawyer

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2090 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

▲60%

▲36%

▲14%

National Average
$85,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2090 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 25%