City Attorney Salary
City Attorneys in the United States can expect wages of $92K annually on average. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and more than half get vision benefits. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most City Attorneys are happy with their jobs. More than half of City Attorneys (64 percent) survey respondents are men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$52,141 - $154,734|
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|$52,324 - $154,069|
Job Description for City Attorney
City attorneys represent their city or municipality in legal matters. They may be elected or appointed; depending on the size of the city or municipality they represent, they may be full-time public employees or lawyers in private practice on contract to represent the city as needed. Tasks performed by the city attorney may include reviewing contracts or agreements under consideration, handling lawsuits brought against the city and providing legal guidance to the city and its leaders as needed. They may also prosecute minor crimes depending on their city or municipality's needs.Read More...
Aspiring city attorneys should earn a doctoral degree in the law, as well as have substantial legal experience. They also need to be licensed to practice law in their city or municipality.
City attorneys must have an excellent understanding of current laws, the legal system and their municipality or city. They often offer their city or municipality legal advice on a wide range of issues - such as open records, human resources and contracts, among others - and so they must be knowledgeable about relevant laws and able to conduct the legal research necessary to provide accurate, useful advice to their client. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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Pay by Experience Level for City Attorney
Pay by Experience for a City Attorney has a positive trend. An entry-level City Attorney with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 21 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A City Attorney with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 22 salaries. An experienced City Attorney which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $119,000 based on 10 salaries. A City Attorney with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 11 salaries.
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