Average Intellectual Property Lawyer Salary
$117,000 yearly
$56.42 hourly
Updated August 18, 2021
$65,000
10 %
$117,000
Median
$211,000
90 %
What Is The Average Intellectual Property Lawyer Salary?
The average intellectual property lawyer salary is $117,360 per year, or $56.42 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $65,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $211,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, Washington, Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey provide the highest intellectual property lawyer salaries.
PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$211,000
$17,583
$101
75th Percentile
$160,000
$13,333
$77
Average
$117,360
$9,780
$56
25th Percentile
$86,000
$7,167
$41
10th Percentile
$65,000
$5,417
$31

Average Intellectual Property Lawyer Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where intellectual property lawyers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Intellectual Property Lawyer average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
$76,180
$36.63
Alaska
$109,724
$52.75
Arizona
$85,480
$41.10
Arkansas
$65,399
$31.44
California
$117,946
$56.70
Colorado
$93,462
$44.93
Connecticut
$105,728
$50.83
Delaware
$92,311
$44.38
District of Columbia
$102,404
$49.23
Florida
$73,397
$35.29
Georgia
$78,347
$37.67
Hawaii
$53,379
$25.66
Idaho
$80,848
$38.87
Illinois
$98,490
$47.35
Indiana
$83,070
$39.94
Iowa
$95,100
$45.72
Kansas
$68,021
$32.70
Kentucky
$73,512
$35.34
Louisiana
$75,065
$36.09
Maine
$81,056
$38.97
Maryland
$100,326
$48.23
Massachusetts
$120,474
$57.92
Michigan
$84,169
$40.47
Minnesota
$98,704
$47.45
Mississippi
$70,255
$33.78
Missouri
$85,927
$41.31
Montana
$82,347
$39.59
Nebraska
$78,908
$37.94
Nevada
$88,033
$42.32
New Hampshire
$99,635
$47.90
New Jersey
$112,573
$54.12
New Mexico
$96,677
$46.48
New York
$126,516
$60.83
North Carolina
$80,615
$38.76
North Dakota
$98,960
$47.58
Ohio
$84,171
$40.47
Oklahoma
$72,326
$34.77
Oregon
$111,811
$53.76
Pennsylvania
$96,103
$46.20
Rhode Island
$95,599
$45.96
South Carolina
$59,980
$28.84
South Dakota
$81,505
$39.19
Tennessee
$100,809
$48.47
Texas
$99,447
$47.81
Utah
$75,989
$36.53
Vermont
$106,946
$51.42
Virginia
$94,803
$45.58
Washington
$125,207
$60.20
West Virginia
$78,823
$37.90
Wisconsin
$100,716
$48.42
Wyoming
$82,819
$39.82

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Highest Paying Cities For Intellectual Property Lawyer

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Palo Alto, CA
$144,206
$69.33
New York, NY
$135,991
$65.38
Boston, MA
$127,452
$61.27
Chicago, IL
$101,323
$48.71
Saint Paul, MN
$100,768
$48.45
Littleton, CO
$95,339
$45.84

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Average Intellectual Property Lawyer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $117,000
    $56.42
    +1.4%
    2020
    $116,000
    $55.65
    +0.9%
    2019
    $115,000
    $55.14
    +2.0%
    2018
    $112,000
    $54.05
    +0.7%
    2017
    $112,000
    $53.65
    +0.6%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Corporate Counsel

    Avg. salary: $121,997

    A Corporate Counsel, also known as a corporate lawyer, works for a business or company providing legal advice to the employer. They usually work in the employers main office, but also can travel to participate in meetings, trials, and other legal proceedings.
    11,790 Corporate Counsel Jobs
    Staff Attorney

    Avg. salary: $96,402

    Staff Attorneys are legal employees who work for a variety of organizations, often as full-time employees. They use their legal expertise to help deal with day-to-day legal issues with which their organization needs regular assistance.
    41,786 Staff Attorney Jobs
    Attorney

    Avg. salary: $108,074

    Generally, an attorney's responsibility is to advise the client with an ongoing lawsuit on the legal procedures and provide strategies to resolve the case as early as possible. An attorney compiles necessary documents or any records for appeal and client's defense. Attorneys must acquire strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to mediate disputes and settle pending litigation for the client's best interest. In some cases, an attorney's procedure depends on any evidence and research presented during the trial period. An attorney is expected to present clients on legal proceedings, seeking justice and justifying the law.
    8,302 Attorney Jobs
    Housing Counselor

    Avg. salary: $90,020

    A Housing Counselor works directly with clients and organizations to support moderate and low-income clients in overcoming barriers to housing and financial stability. They represent the homeowner in interventions and/or mediation proceedings with the mortgage servicer, lender, and/or other stakeholders.
    23,992 Housing Counselor Jobs
    Attorney At Law

    Avg. salary: $97,859

    An Attorney at Law is responsible for preparing and examining contracts involving leases, licenses, purchases, sales, etc. They advise clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, or legal rights and obligations.
    5,568 Attorney At Law Jobs
    Legal Counsel

    Avg. salary: $125,020

    A Legal Counsel supervises the legal aspects of a business. They give accurate and timely counsel to executives on a variety of legal topics, such as labor law, partnerships, or international ventures.
    7,288 Legal Counsel Jobs

    Which Companies Pay Intellectual Property Lawyers The Most?

    To earn a high income as an intellectual property lawyer, working for Dell or Faraday Holdings might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Swanson Services and The Walt Disney Company report highly competitive wages for intellectual property lawyers.
    Company

    Recently Added Intellectual Property Lawyer Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Beacon Hill Staffing Group, LLC
    Intellectual Property Attorney
    Intellectual Property Attorney
    Nashville, TN
    07/10/2021
    $83,480
    07/10/2021
    Gilead Sciences, Inc.
    Intellectual Property Litigation Counsel
    Intellectual Property Litigation Counsel
    Foster City, CA
    09/04/2019
    $211,659
    09/04/2019
    Hirmiz, Franso, & Associates, PLLC
    Intellectual Property Attorney
    Intellectual Property Attorney
    Sterling Heights, MI
    06/25/2019
    $125,000
    06/25/2019
    Hirmiz, Franso, Associates, PLLC
    Intellectual Property Attorney
    Intellectual Property Attorney
    Sterling Heights, MI
    06/25/2019
    $125,000
    06/25/2019
    DJI Research LLC
    Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel
    Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel
    Palo Alto, CA
    06/03/2019
    $154,211
    06/03/2019
    DJI Research LLC
    Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel
    Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel
    Palo Alto, CA
    06/03/2019
    $154,211
    06/03/2019
    Hauptman Ham, LLP
    Intellectual Property Law Lawyer
    Intellectual Property Law Lawyer
    Alexandria, VA
    03/20/2019
    $101,136
    03/20/2019
    Finch Therapeutics, Inc.
    Intellectual Property Counsel
    Intellectual Property Counsel
    Somerville, MA
    03/12/2019
    $190,000
    03/12/2019
    3M Company
    Intellectual Property Counsel
    Intellectual Property Counsel
    Saint Paul, MN
    03/12/2018
    $134,194
    03/12/2018
    Jupeng Bio Inc.
    Intellectual Property Counsel
    Intellectual Property Counsel
    Fayetteville, AR
    03/09/2018
    $63,194
    03/09/2018

    Average Intellectual Property Lawyer Salary by Demographic

    Intellectual Property Lawyer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $101,225
    female-income
    Female Income
    $94,036
    Median Intellectual Property Lawyer Income by Race
    Asian intellectual property lawyers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american intellectual property lawyers have the lowest average salary at $91,509.
    $108,000
    $104,000
    $100,000
    $96,000
    $92,000
    $88,000
    Unknown
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Unknown$97,722
    White$100,001
    Black or African American$91,509
    Asian$106,800
    Hispanic or Latino$92,120
    Average Intellectual Property Lawyer Salary by Education Level
    $103,000
    $101,000
    $99,000
    $97,000
    $95,000
    $93,000
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$101,225
    Doctorate Degree$94,987