$128,259
Avg. Salary
$70.00
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$14,522

Bonus

$9,874

Profit Sharing

$3,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Senior Attorney is $70.00 per hour.

The average pay for a Senior Attorney is $128,259 per year.

10%
$41.21
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$70.00
50%
$448.50
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MEDIAN $70.00
10%
$75k
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$128k
50%
$196k
90%
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MEDIAN $128,259
$75,386 - $195,822
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MEDIAN: $128,259
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$41.21 - $448
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$0$224K
Salary $75,386 - $195,822
Bonus $1,963 - $45,100
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $77,717
Commission $3,000
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$78,029 - $224,938
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 518
Hourly Data $0$448
Hourly Rate $41.21 - $448
Annual Data $0$224K
Bonus $1,963 - $45,100
Commission $3,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $77,717
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$78,029 - $224,938
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 15

Job Description for Senior Attorney

A great deal of legal work, including both civil and criminal litigation, is done with teams of lawyers. A senior attorney is the person who helps to manage such teams. He or she is normally a partner in a firm or a high-level specialist retained by one. The senior attorney typically directs the preparations of the team in representing a client. The senior attorney also represents the team when meeting with the legal representatives from the adversarial side of a case. Should the case be argued in court, typically the senior attorney takes the lead in presenting his or her team's information and arguments.

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Senior Attorney Tasks
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • 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.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.

Common Career Paths for Senior Attorney


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Senior Attorneys who advance into the role of a Senior Counsel are fairly uncommon. Senior Counsels on average earn $168K per year. More often than not, an Attorney role is the next step for Senior Attorneys moving up in the field. Pay for Attorneys is usually $81K. Many Senior Attorneys choose to take on a General Counsel role instead, where salaries are typically $153K.

Senior Attorney Job Listings

Popular Skills for Senior Attorney


Senior Attorneys report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Regulatory Compliance can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Contract Negotiation and Legal Research are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 4 percent and 22 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Negotiation, litigation, and Contract Management. Those familiar with Contract Negotiation also tend to know Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Attorney

Pay by Experience for a Senior Attorney has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Attorney with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 24 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Attorney with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $133,000 based on 74 salaries. An experienced Senior Attorney which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $148,000 based on 126 salaries. A Senior Attorney with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $163,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $137,683

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Senior Attorneys, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+19 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Portland (+12 percent). Senior Attorneys in Los Angeles earn salaries far below the national average by 33 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Miami and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

Senior Attorney Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Attorney?

Senior Attorney in Encino:
"Convenient."
Pros: Convenience to my home.
Cons: Lack of reputation within the legal community

Senior Attorney:
Satisfaction rating mostly comes from the benefits and the people on my direct team. The higher management levels have a lot of ineffective people that somehow both micro-manage and also never make decisions that are part of their job. Lower level employers are left without power or answers, much of the time, to respond to issues which come up every day. The result is a lot of matters stay in limbo for long time periods while lower level employees have to deal with the consequences of these delays and inaction. Kind of typical bureaucracy.

Senior Attorney:
The policy of SpokAne County is to depress wages, especially for professionals who are engaged in the essential service of criminal justice. Compensation commensurate with other counties in Washington State is reserved only for the County Commissioners and upper management. The prosecutor’s office for example cannot recruit attorneys and support staff due to their deplorable compensation philosophy. The Human Resources department exists solely to reinforce this philosophy.

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Key Stats for Senior Attorney

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
29%

Experience Affects Senior Attorney Salaries

▲19%

▲7%

National Average
$138,000

▼4%

Entry-Level
▼34%

Skills That Affect Senior Attorney Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
▲23%


Legal Research
▲5%


National Average
$138,000

Intellectual Property (IP)
▼2%

Contract Management
▼4%

litigation
▼11%

Negotiation
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 12%