Patent Examiner Salary

A Patent Examiner earns an average salary of $89,965 per year.

$58,723 - $129,302
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$130K
MEDIAN: $101,374
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Salary $58,723 - $129,302
Bonus $1,036 - $12,605
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$58,723 - $134,750
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 46

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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

  • Draft and prosecute patent application for invention
  • Respond to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) actions
  • Interview clients and conduct research to understand invention
  • Aid inventors and invention owners in obtaining a patent for their invention
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses

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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: $104,625

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Key Stats for Patent Examiner

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Patent Examiner Salaries

Late-Career
▲43%

Experienced
▲22%

Mid-Career
▲13%

National Average
$105,000

▼28%

Skills That Affect Patent Examiner Salaries

National Average
$105,000

Technical Writing
▼6%

Legal Research
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 4%
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