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.

$49,657 - $150,349
$50K
$92K
$150K
MEDIAN: $92,342
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Salary $49,657 - $150,349
Bonus $9,000
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$48,936 - $152,418
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 76

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.

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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.

Key Stats for City Attorney

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
30%

Experience Affects City Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
▲41%

Experienced
▲28%

National Average
$92,000

Mid-Career
▼7%

Entry-Level
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 92%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 2%