$98,342
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The average pay for a Patent Examiner is $98,342 per year.

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Salary $59,831 - $131,447
Bonus $1,011 - $10,000
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$58,799 - $134,991
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 80

Job Description for Patent Examiner

Patent examiners are tasked with determining the legitimacy of a patent based on a variety of criteria, including determining that the invention described is clear in its presentation and that an average person could use it with basic instructions. Then, the patent examiner examines a design from a technical standpoint to determine if the idea being presented is feasible and not a danger to consumers.

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Patent Examiner Tasks
  • 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.
  • Respond to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) actions.
  • Draft and prosecute patent application for invention.
  • Interview clients and conduct research to understand invention.

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Pay by Experience Level for Patent Examiner

Pay by Experience for a Patent Examiner has a positive trend. An entry-level Patent Examiner with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 26 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Patent Examiner with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 20 salaries. An experienced Patent Examiner which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $128,000 based on 8 salaries. A Patent Examiner with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $149,000 based on 8 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $99,235

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Key Stats for Patent Examiner

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
2%

Experience Affects Patent Examiner Salaries

Late-Career
▲50%

Experienced
▲29%

Mid-Career
▲19%

National Average
$99,000

▼24%

Skills That Affect Patent Examiner Salaries

National Average
$99,000

Technical Writing
▼1%

Legal Research
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 5%