Law Firm Partner Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Law Firm Partners in the United States, with median pay hovering around $187K per year. With some bonuses approaching $99K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $81K, overall incomes of Law Firm Partners spread between $104K and $435K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Law Firm Partners like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. There are more male Law Firm Partners than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 66 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$97,797 - $351,879
$98K
$190K
$350K
MEDIAN: $185,575
10%
50%
90%

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$115.00 - $462.16
$360
MEDIAN: $360.00
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$0$443K
Salary $97,797 - $351,879
Bonus $2,944 - $99,537
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $100,671
Commission $30,000
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).
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$101,521 - $443,663
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 408
Hourly Data $0$560
Hourly Rate $360.00
Overtime $560
Annual Data $0$443K
Bonus $2,944 - $99,537
Commission $30,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $100,671
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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$101,521 - $443,663
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 9

Job Description for Law Firm Partner

A law firm partner is a joint owner of their firm and helps oversee its day-to-day operations. They directly supervise the firm’s legal and technical support teams, coordinate logistics for new cases, and manage budgets and vendor relationships. Other duties of a law firm partner include handling numerous cases simultaneously, interacting with lawyers within the firm to provide advice and guidance, managing payroll, and hiring clerks. These professionals also implement initiatives in the office to make sure that the office remains compliant with local, state, and federal regulations, as well as update staff on administrative issues as necessary.

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Law Firm Partner 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.
  • 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.
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.

Common Career Paths for Law Firm Partner


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Law Firm Partners may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Law Firm Managing Partner. Managing Partner, Law Firms on average make about as much as Law Firm Partners do. Law Firm Partners most frequently become Attorneys and General Counsels even though median compensation is $122K lower and $51K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Law Firm Partner

Pay by Experience for a Law Firm Partner has a positive trend. An entry-level Law Firm Partner with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $115,000 based on 17 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Law Firm Partner with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $166,000 based on 95 salaries. An experienced Law Firm Partner which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $204,000 based on 194 salaries. A Law Firm Partner with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $250,000 based on 128 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $203,899

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

Surpassing the national average by 54 percent, Law Firm Partners in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Law Firm Partners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+45 percent), Seattle (+43 percent), New York (+35 percent), and Washington (+33 percent). Law Firm Partners in New Orleans earn salaries far below the national average by 34 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers pay around 19 percent less in Cleveland and 15 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Law Firm Partner

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
37%

Experience Affects Law Firm Partner Salaries

▲23%

▼0%

National Average
$204,000

Mid-Career
▼18%

Entry-Level
▼44%

Skills That Affect Law Firm Partner Salaries

Real Estate
▲77%

Mergers and Acquisitions
▲41%

Intellectual Property (IP)
▲21%



National Average
$204,000

Litigation Case Management
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 25%