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Average Patent Attorney Salary

$137,357
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$15,410
Bonus
$30,000
Commission
$8,000
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The average salary for a Patent Attorney is $137,357.
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$84k
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$207k
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What Do Patent Attorneys Do?

Patent Attorney Tasks
  • Discuss invention and research the likelihood of successfully attaining a patent.
  • Litigates patent infringement controversies in court.
  • Works with federal patent examiners to resolve any patent related issues.
  • Describe inventions in strict legal terms and drafts patent application; challenge, negotiate, resolve and amend contested patent areas.
  • Analyze scientific and technical documents previously granted patents to determine if invention is new, innovative and does not infringe upon patented items.

Job Satisfaction for Patent Attorney

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What Are Popular Skills for Patent Attorneys?

Skills in Intellectual Property (IP), Prosecution and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Analysis and Technical Writing.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Patent Attorneys?

An entry-level Patent Attorney with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $97,453 based on 36 salaries. An early career Patent Attorney with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $121,704 based on 160 salaries. A mid-career Patent Attorney with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $151,427 based on 131 salaries. An experienced Patent Attorney with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $162,555 based on 97 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $170,599.
Employees with Patent Attorney in their job title in Boston, Massachusetts earn an average of 18.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (6.6% more) and New York, New York (3.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Cleveland, Ohio (24.9% less), Los Angeles, California (12.6% less) and Washington, District of Columbia (10.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 481 survey responses.
Entry Level
7.5%
Early Career
33.3%
Mid Career
27.2%
Experienced
20.2%
Late Career
11.9%

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