Updated August 18, 2021
Average Litigation Attorney Salary
$141,000 yearly
$68.21 hourly

Entry level Salary
$84,000 yearly
$84,000
10 %
$141,000
Median
$239,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$239,000$19,917$115
75th Percentile$186,000$15,500$89
Average$141,870$11,823$68
25th Percentile$107,000$8,917$51
10th Percentile$84,000$7,000$40

Average Litigation Attorney Salary By State

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Litigation Attorney average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$76,658$36.858
Alaska$67,358$32.384
Arizona$113,403$54.5255
Arkansas$61,164$29.4112
California$140,153$67.38402
Colorado$97,726$46.9850
Connecticut$116,809$56.1614
Delaware$94,058$45.224
District of Columbia$134,371$64.60163
Florida$79,958$38.44318
Georgia$79,659$38.3090
Hawaii$94,546$45.453
Idaho$71,859$34.5515
Illinois$83,515$40.1586
Indiana$68,121$32.7538
Iowa$73,002$35.1012
Kansas$58,763$28.259
Kentucky$70,572$33.9314
Louisiana$78,952$37.9622
Maine$96,296$46.303
Maryland$87,568$42.1039
Massachusetts$100,264$48.2076
Michigan$74,090$35.6248
Minnesota$71,126$34.2047
Mississippi$70,672$33.987
Missouri$75,941$36.5139
Montana$50,028$24.0515
Nebraska$64,547$31.0315
Nevada$99,102$47.6510
New Hampshire$88,640$42.626
New Jersey$96,473$46.3863
New Mexico$97,895$47.0613
New York$136,977$65.85176
North Carolina$92,354$44.4039
North Dakota$66,691$32.066
Ohio$81,228$39.0538
Oklahoma$67,734$32.5610
Oregon$85,795$41.2516
Pennsylvania$101,067$48.5960
Rhode Island$89,514$43.044
South Carolina$62,843$30.2132
South Dakota$61,088$29.371
Tennessee$74,155$35.6528
Texas$102,845$49.44193
Utah$72,178$34.7010
Vermont$91,540$44.011
Virginia$103,813$49.9168
Washington$102,212$49.1458
West Virginia$79,311$38.133
Wisconsin$74,040$35.6030
Wyoming$55,127$26.5024

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Highest Paying Cities For Litigation Attorney

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
San Francisco, CA$164,509$79.09
New York, NY$146,847$70.60
Washington, DC$140,454$67.53
Phoenix, AZ$117,704$56.59
San Antonio, TX$107,707$51.78
Boston, MA$100,983$48.55

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How much does a Litigation Attorney make?

  • The average Litigation Attorney makes $141,870 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a Litigation Attorney is $68.21.
  • The average entry-level Litigation Attorney salary is $84,000.
  • Highest paying states for Litigation Attorney are California ($140,153), New York ($136,977), Connecticut ($140,153) and Arizona ($140,153).
  • Highest paying cities for Litigation Attorney are San Francisco, CA ($164,509), New York, NY, Washington, DC, Phoenix, AZ and San Antonio, TX.
  • Litigation Attorneys on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $84,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $239,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $186,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $107,000
  • Industries with the highest Litigation Attorney salaries are Professional, Hospitality and Insurance.

Average Litigation Attorney Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$142,000$68.21+1.4%
    2021$140,000$67.27+0.9%
    2020$139,000$66.66+2.0%
    2019$136,000$65.34+0.7%
    2018$135,000$64.86+0.6%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    General Counsel

    Avg. salary: $112,651

    A general counsel, also called a chief legal officer, is the chief lawyer in the legal department of an organization. The counsel represents an enterprise for any pending legal matters. They work proactively to lessen possible problems associated with legalities and potential risks. They have to monitor practices and the people within the law firm for misconduct. They also perform dominant roles in regulation, ethics, public affairs, and legislation. It is common for them to serve as the public spokesperson of the company during the publicity of legal matters.
    60,048 General Counsel Jobs
    Law Clerk

    Avg. salary: $53,594

    Law clerks are employees in a legal firm who handle clerical tasks for the office. They handle the office's official phone lines, answering incoming calls, and making outgoing calls. They also field office correspondence, often receiving incoming mail and distributing them to their addressees. They manage office documents and ensure that they are correctly filed and labeled in their respective storage bins. Law clerks help make office life more comfortable because they make sure that the office is running well. They also manage appointments and office calendars.
    73,580 Law Clerk 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.
    34,694 Housing Counselor Jobs
    Legal Extern

    Avg. salary: $69,822

    Legal externs are law students who took the opportunity to do on-the-job training at a law firm. Instead of monetary compensation, they receive academic credits. Legal externs primarily engage in job shadowing. They are usually assigned mentors in the law firm, and they would shadow their mentors in their daily routines. Legal externs are exposed to the actual work done by lawyers. Legal externs are involved in cases, providing insights while building a solid case for their client, giving advice to clients, and representing clients under the supervision of the actual lawyers in the firm. They are usually not given administrative or clerical tasks since they are expected to do more tasks directly related to being a lawyer.
    10,129 Legal Extern Jobs
    Document Review Attorney

    Avg. salary: $77,270

    A Document Review Attorney reviews various types of legal documents, such as contract and employment law, intellectual property, and commercial litigation, to identify any areas of risk or information that may need correction.
    9,634 Document Review Attorney 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.
    7,939 Attorney At Law Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    General Counsel$112,651$9,388$54.1660,048
    Law Clerk$53,594$4,466$25.7773,580
    Housing Counselor$90,021$7,502$43.2834,694
    Legal Extern$69,822$5,819$33.5710,129
    Document Review Attorney$77,270$6,439$37.159,634
    Attorney At Law$97,859$8,155$47.057,939
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    Recently Added Litigation Attorney Salaries

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    Average Litigation Attorney Salary by Demographic

    Litigation Attorney Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $147,376
    female-income
    Female Income
    $139,125
    GenderIncome
    Male$147,376
    Female$139,125
    Median Litigation Attorney Income by Race
    Asian Litigation Attorneys have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American Litigation Attorneys have the lowest average salary at $136,548.
    $155,000
    $124,000
    $93,000
    $62,000
    $31,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$145,394
    Black or African American$136,548
    Asian$151,999
    Hispanic or Latino$138,180
    Average Litigation Attorney Salary by Education Level
    $150,000
    $120,000
    $90,000
    $60,000
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    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    EducationSalary
    Master's Degree$147,376
    Doctorate Degree$140,039