Litigation Attorney Salary

Median pay for Litigation Attorneys in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $87K per year. Cash earnings for Litigation Attorneys — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $63K from profit sharing — stretch from around $59K to approximately $171K. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-half. Male Litigation Attorneys are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$59,528 - $155,818
$60K
$88K
$160K
MEDIAN: $88,404
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50%
90%

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$28.90 - $400.00
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$49
$400
MEDIAN: $49.43
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$0$171K
Salary $59,528 - $155,818
Bonus $1.14 - $20,203
Profit Sharing $503 - $74,497
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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$60,600 - $171,845
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 157
Hourly Data $0$400
Hourly Rate $28.90 - $400.00
Overtime $40.75
Annual Data $0$171K
Bonus $1.14 - $20,203
Profit Sharing $503 - $74,497
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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$60,600 - $171,845
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 14

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Job Description for Litigation Attorney

A litigation attorney is a lawyer who specializes in dealing with lawsuits and representing either plaintiffs or defendants in cases. Often simply called a litigator, they oversee the entire process of taking a lawsuit to court. This process is quite often lengthy, and it is necessary for the litigation attorney to be patient and detail-oriented.

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Litigation Attorney Tasks

  • Present cases in court representing the local, state or federal government.
  • Review reports, evidence, and conduct research.
  • Question witnesses, victims or others involved in the case.

Common Career Paths for Litigation Attorney


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Although many Litigation Attorneys transition into Attorney roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $81K.

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Popular Skills for Litigation Attorney


Litigation Attorneys typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in trial, Complex Litigation Case Management, Litigation Case Management, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Legal Research and Litigation Case Management. It is often found that people who know Legal Research are also skilled in Complex Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Litigation Attorney

Pay by Experience for a Litigation Attorney has a positive trend. An entry-level Litigation Attorney with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 103 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Litigation Attorney 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 65 salaries. An experienced Litigation Attorney which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 40 salaries. A Litigation Attorney with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $135,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,748

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

For those looking to make money, Litigation Attorneys in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 91 percent above the national average. Litigation Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+56 percent), Washington (+51 percent), Houston (+42 percent), and Seattle (+32 percent). In Boston, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Litigation Attorney

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Litigation Attorney Salaries

▲46%

▲27%

▲5%

National Average
$93,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Litigation Attorney Salaries

trial
▲4%


National Average
$93,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 17%
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