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Attorney salary in United States

How much does an Attorney make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $102,571
Low $58,786
High $178,966
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a attorney is $102,571 per year in the United States. 15.7k salaries reported, updated at December 5, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
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Top companies for Attorneys in United States

  1. Adams & Martin Group
    27 reviews31 salaries reported
    $124,281per year
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Highest paying cities for Attorneys near United States

  1. San Francisco, CA
    $146,634 per year
    260 salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $133,382 per year
    1.2k salaries reported
  3. New York, NY
    $124,359 per year
    958 salaries reported
  1. San Diego, CA
    $123,707 per year
    240 salaries reported
  2. Washington, DC
    $120,859 per year
    228 salaries reported
  3. Boston, MA
    $105,492 per year
    130 salaries reported
  1. Denver, CO
    $105,390 per year
    162 salaries reported
  2. Chicago, IL
    $102,712 per year
    309 salaries reported
  3. Minneapolis, MN
    $98,230 per year
    51 salaries reported
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Where can an Attorney earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Attorneys

Top skills
Private Equity
Top fields of study
Law Degree

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SkillsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
19 jobs26
59 jobs80
18 jobs32
14 jobs32
140 jobs251
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Most common benefits for Attorneys

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Free parking
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Work from home
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 216 ratings

52% of Attorneys in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Litigation Attorney

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Average $121,002 per year

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Common questions about salaries for an Attorney

As an attorney, how can I know if I am being paid fairly?

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How much do similar professions to attorney get paid?

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How can licensed attorneys increase their salary?

Licensed attorneys can increase their salary by working long billable hours and eventually becoming a partner or shareholder with their firm. They can also go back to school to obtain a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree which will open up further work opportunities.

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