Average Patent Attorney Salary

Avg. Base Salary (USD)

The average salary for a Patent Attorney is $150,782 in 2023

Base Salary
$90k - $229k
$3k - $47k
Profit Sharing
$2k - $33k
Total Pay
$94k - $257k
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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.
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How do Patent Attorneys Rate Their Jobs?

3.7 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
Based on 17 responses, the job of Patent Attorney has received a job satisfaction rating of 3.65 out of 5. On average, Patent Attorneys are highly satisfied with their job.

FAQs About Patent Attorneys

What is the highest pay for Patent Attorneys?

Our data indicates that the highest pay for a Patent Attorney is $229k / year

What is the lowest pay for Patent Attorneys?

Our data indicates that the lowest pay for a Patent Attorney is $90k / year

How can Patent Attorneys increase their salary?

Increasing your pay as a Patent Attorney is possible in different ways. Change of employer: Consider a career move to a new employer that is willing to pay higher for your skills. Level of Education: Gaining advanced degrees may allow this role to increase their income potential and qualify for promotions. Managing Experience: If you are a Patent Attorney that oversees more junior Patent Attorneys, this experience can increase the likelihood to earn more.