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Attorney salary in California

How much does an Attorney make in California?

Average base salary

$111,114
arrow up22%
above national average
Non-cash benefit
401(k)
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The average salary for a attorney is $111,114 per year in California. 1.6k salaries reported, updated at August 5, 2022.

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Salaries by years of experience in California

Years of experiencePer year
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Attorneys in California

  1. King & Spalding
    4.1star
    58 reviews6 salaries reported
    $183,633per year
  2. $172,800per year
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Highest paying cities for Attorneys in California

  1. Sacramento, CA
    $129,308 per year
    80 salaries reported
  2. Palo Alto, CA
    $126,703 per year
    7 salaries reported
  3. San Jose, CA
    $122,425 per year
    43 salaries reported
  1. San Francisco, CA
    $120,487 per year
    104 salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $114,814 per year
    417 salaries reported
  3. Fresno, CA
    $112,472 per year
    20 salaries reported
  1. Oakland, CA
    $110,673 per year
    68 salaries reported
  2. San Diego, CA
    $104,755 per year
    64 salaries reported
  3. Santa Ana, CA
    $97,347 per year
    32 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
+91.98%salary
Top fields of study
Law Degree
+11.95%salary

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 California?

Counsel

4,458 job openings

Average $27.97 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for an Attorney

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

To find out about the appropriate salary for an attorney, please visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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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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