Managing Attorney Salary

The average Managing Attorney in the United States earns approximately $121K annually. Overall cash earnings of Managing Attorneys stretch from $73K near the bottom to $253K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $97K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women make up a slight majority of Managing Attorneys (57 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Managing Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$72,235 - $204,498
$72K
$120K
$200K
MEDIAN: $120,877
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$0$261K
Salary $72,235 - $204,498
Bonus $1,021 - $73,404
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $51,064
Commission $25,000
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$74,355 - $261,763
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 143

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Job Description for Managing Attorney

Managing attorneys are the backbone of any law firm and oversee all office operations. Their basic duty is to coordinate and operate the firm as a business while maintaining and promoting relationships with clients and associates. They are also responsible for budgeting expenses and advising fellow associates, clients, and firm volunteers. Other responsibilities include recruiting, training, mentoring, hiring, case review/assignment, and creating an efficient, well-structured team, all while ensuring the firm is in full compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations. The managing attorney may still carry their own case load, but their primary focus is that of a manager which acts as the firm’s representative.

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Managing Attorney Tasks

  • Direct legal staff operations, business planning and budget development
  • Oversee the legal affairs of a company/division
  • Manage outside counsel
  • Advise company's management on legal issues
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses

Common Career Paths for Managing Attorney


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Managing Attorneys who take an Attorney role, an upper-level role, may see a decrease in pay. Pay for Attorneys is usually $81K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Managing Attorney

Pay by Experience for a Managing Attorney has a positive trend. An entry-level Managing Attorney with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 21 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Managing Attorney with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $115,000 based on 36 salaries. An experienced Managing Attorney which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $141,000 based on 65 salaries. A Managing Attorney with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $154,000 based on 25 salaries.

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Key Stats for Managing Attorney

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Managing Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
▲19%

▲9%

National Average
$129,000

Mid-Career
▼11%

Entry-Level
▼26%

Skills That Affect Managing Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
▲52%

Legal Compliance
▲16%


National Average
$129,000

People Management
▼4%

Office Management
▼11%

Legal Research
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 6%
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