Patent Attorney Statistics and Facts in the US

Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for patent attorneys in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 3,805 patent attorneys currently employed in the United States.
  • 19.3% of all patent attorneys are women, while only 72.0% are men.
  • The average age of an employed patent attorney is 45 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of patent attorneys is White (79.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (7.0%) and Black or African American (5.5%).
  • The majority of patent attorneys are located in DC, Washington and IL, Chicago.
  • Patent attorneys are most in-demand in Tarrytown, NY.
  • Patent attorneys are paid an average annual salary of $96,081.
  • The pharmaceutical industry is the highest-paying for patent attorneys.
  • Redwood City, CA pays an annual average wage of $141,467, the highest in the US.
  • Patent attorneys average starting salary is $51,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 94% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid patent attorneys earn as much as $177,000 or more.
  • 21% of all patent attorneys are LGBT.
  • Massachusetts is the best state for patent attorneys to live.
  • Patent attorneys are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Patent Attorney Statistics By Gender

Among patent attorneys, 19.3% of them are women compared to 72.0% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 72.0%
  • Female, 19.3%
  • Unknown, 8.7%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Male
72.0%
Female
19.3%
Unknown
8.7%

Gender Pay Gap For Patent Attorney

Women Earn 94¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$92,484
female-income
Female Income
$86,989

Patent Attorney Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the patent attorney position over time.

Male
Female
71%
68%
65%
63%
60%
57%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
YearascdescMaleascdescFemaleascdesc
2008
65.56%
34.44%
2009
66.49%
33.51%
2010
65.88%
34.12%
2011
64.81%
35.19%
2012
64.70%
35.30%
2013
64.24%
35.76%
2014
63.81%
36.19%
2015
63.08%
36.92%
2016
62.53%
37.47%
2017
62.30%
37.70%
2018
62.50%
37.50%

Patent Attorney Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, patent attorney and patent examiner have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Veteran Appeals Reviewer15%76%
Magistrate Assistant17%78%
Surrogate17%78%
Trial Lawyer70%27%
Patent Examiner72%21%
Patent Attorney72%19%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Patent Attorney
Patent Examiner
Trial Lawyer
Surrogate
Magistrate Assistant
Veteran Appeals Reviewer
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Patent Attorney Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among patent attorneys is White, which makes up 79.9% of all patent attorneys. Comparatively, there are 7.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 79.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.0%
  • Black or African American, 5.5%
  • Asian, 5.5%
  • Unknown, 1.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%
Job Title
Patent Attorney RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
79.9%
Hispanic or Latino
7.0%
Black or African American
5.5%
Asian
5.5%
Unknown
1.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.2%

Patent Attorney Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among patent attorneys.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearascdescWhiteascdescBlack or African AmericanascdescAsianascdescHispanic or Latinoascdesc
2010
82.28%
5.13%
4.78%
5.98%
2011
82.05%
5.44%
4.94%
5.82%
2012
82.12%
5.07%
5.11%
6.00%
2013
81.88%
5.15%
5.15%
5.73%
2014
81.22%
5.65%
5.38%
5.88%
2015
81.12%
5.31%
5.47%
6.30%
2016
80.56%
5.38%
5.63%
6.58%
2017
80.58%
5.35%
5.60%
6.36%
2018
79.95%
5.53%
5.52%
6.97%

Patent Attorney Wage Gap By Race

Asian patent attorneys have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american patent attorneys have the lowest average salary at $85,052.
$98,000
$95,000
$92,000
$89,000
$86,000
$83,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$89,827
White$91,566
Black or African American$85,052
Asian$96,714
Hispanic or Latino$85,524

Average Age of a Patent Attorney

We determined the average age of patent attorneys based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female
RaceascdescMale AgeascdescFemale Ageascdesc
Black or African American
46
44
Unknown
39
39
Asian
40
37.5
Hispanic or Latino
42
38
White
47
43
American Indian and Alaska Native
54.5

Patent Attorney Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of patent attorney employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of patent attorneys is 40+ years old, which represents 63% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Patent Attorney YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
6%
30-40 years
32%
40+ years
63%

Types of Patent Attorney Degree Levels

Job Title
  • Bachelors, 45%
  • Doctorate, 42%
  • Masters, 11%
  • Associate, 1%
  • Other Degrees, 1%
Job Title
Patent Attorney DegreeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Bachelors
45%
Doctorate
42%
Masters
11%
Associate
1%
Other Degrees
1%

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Patent Attorney Wage Gap By Education

$93,000
$92,000
$91,000
$90,000
$89,000
$88,000
$87,000
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Master's Degree$92,484
Doctorate Degree$87,720

Patent Attorney Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ patent attorneys. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most patent attorneys is the professional industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire patent attorneys.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
5%
50 - 100 employees
3%
100 - 500 employees
21%
500 - 1,000 employees
11%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
30%
> 10,000 employees
31%

The Types Of Companies Patent Attorney Work In

Employees with the patent attorney job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most patent attorneys prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Public
33%
Private
65%
Government
2%

Top Industries Hiring Patent Attorneys

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ patent attorneys. Those industries include professional, technology and manufacturing.

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Professional

Fortune 500

Manufacturing

Technology

Health Care

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Professional
32%
Fortune 500
15%
Manufacturing
11%
Technology
11%
Health Care
7%
Pharmaceutical
5%
Finance
3%
Telecommunication
2%
Energy
2%
Construction
2%
Hospitality
2%
Retail
2%
Non Profits
1%
Transportation
1%
Government
1%
Media
1%
Internet
1%
Utilities
1%
Real Estate
1%
Insurance
1%

Patent Attorney Turnover And Employment Statistics

Patent Attorney Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of patent attorneys changed.

  • Unemployment rate
YearascdescPatent Attorney Unemployment Rateascdesc
2010
2.19%
2011
1.85%
2012
1.64%
2013
1.90%
2014
1.57%
2015
1.34%
2016
1.09%
2017
1.17%
2018
1.10%

The Average Number of Years That Patent Attorney Stay in a Job

By looking over 961 patent attorneys resumes, we figured out that the average patent attorney enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 32%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
11%
1-2 years
32%
3-4 years
17%
5-7 years
20%
8-10 years
8%
11+ years
13%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Patent Attorneys

The most common foreign language among patent attorneys is Chinese at 21.8%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Mandarin at 20.0% and Japanese is the third-most popular at 12.7%.

Job Title
  • Chinese, 21.8%
  • Mandarin, 20.0%
  • Japanese, 12.7%
  • Spanish, 9.1%
  • Cantonese, 7.3%
  • Other, 29.1%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Chinese
21.8%
Mandarin
20.0%
Japanese
12.7%
Spanish
9.1%
Cantonese
7.3%
Other
29.1%

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Patent Attorney Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a patent attorney can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of patent attorneys is $78,957. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Patent Attorneys Earn The Most?

The map here shows where patent attorneys earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Patent Attorneys Located?

By looking through more than 961 resumes, we found that the most popular places for patent attorneys are DC, Washington and IL, Chicago.

Number of Patent Attorneys