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Attorney salary in California

How much does an Attorney make in California?

Average base salary

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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

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Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
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Top companies for Attorneys in California

  1. King & Spalding
    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
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 California?


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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