Trial Lawyer Salary

The average pay for a Trial Lawyer is $103,391 per year.

$49,363 - $252,535
$49K
$100K
$250K
MEDIAN: $104,965
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$0$304K
Salary $49,363 - $252,535
Bonus $0.00 - $49,665
Profit Sharing $5,000
Total Pay (?
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$51,426 - $304,399
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 61

Job Description for Trial Lawyer

Trial lawyers handle many of the functions of an attorney, and although they do argue cases in court, this is only a small percentage of their work on a daily basis. Due to ever-rising costs and court fees, trial lawyers should expect to do the majority of their work outside of the courtroom, fill out a variety of court-related documents, spend weeks and months reviewing potential clients and witnesses to interview, and meeting with other attorneys to discuss potential settlements for cases. Trial lawyers are also responsible for selecting jurors should their case go to trial, and they must always stay up-to-date with current laws and changes to laws as they occur. Strong verbal and written communication skills are also essential in this position.

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Trial Lawyer 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Trial Lawyer

Pay by Experience for a Trial Lawyer has a positive trend. An entry-level Trial Lawyer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 27 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Trial Lawyer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $129,000 based on 20 salaries. An experienced Trial Lawyer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 24 salaries. A Trial Lawyer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $138,000 based on 30 salaries.

Key Stats for Trial Lawyer

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
35%

Experience Affects Trial Lawyer Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$124,000

Experienced
▼6%

Entry-Level
▼35%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 23%