Patent Attorney Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$131,000
$87,000
$131,000
$196,000
The average Patent Attorney makes about $131,178 per year. That's $63.07 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $87,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $196,000. Many of Patent Attorneys seem to be drawn to Technology and Professional companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case Patent Attorneys tend to work at Professional, Technology, and Pharmaceutical companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Washington, Connecticut and California pay Patent Attorneys the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Boston, MA
$148,297
Seattle, WA
$147,127
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Map of Patent Attorney Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Patent Attorneys earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary:

Average Patent Attorney Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a Patent Attorney is roughly $131,178 per year, which boils down to $63.07 per hour. Interestingly enough, Patent Attorneys have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $166,869 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $92,000. Additionally, Patent Attorneys make more than the average salary in Boston, MA, Seattle, WA, New York, NY, Washington, DC, and Alexandria, VA. On a more broad level, Patent Attorney salaries are highest in Washington, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Alaska, New Hampshire, and Maine. On the contrary, Florida, South Dakota, and Louisiana offer the lowest Patent Attorney salaries.

Average Patent Attorney Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a Patent Attorney, working for Banner & Witcoff or Barnes & Thornburg might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Cooley and Perkins Coie report highly competitive salaries for Patent Attorneys.
Company
Average Salary
$192,114
$192k
$169,653
$170k
$142,801
$143k
$136,818
$137k

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Average Patent Attorney Pay By Industry

Patent Attorney salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with Professional, Technology, and Pharmaceutical companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a Patent Attorney can make a yearly salary of $153,069 while working for Professional companies. All the while, other Patent Attorneys are making $112,524 at Technology companies and $98,807 at Pharmaceutical companies. One industry Patent Attorneys may want to avoid is the Manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $96,641.
Industry
Average Salary
Professional
Professional
$153,069
$153k
Technology
Technology
$112,524
$113k
Pharmaceutical
Pharmaceutical
$98,807
$99k
Health Care
Health Care
$96,936
$97k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$96,641
$97k

Patent Attorney Salary History

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Patent Attorney Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Patent Attorney can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Recently Added Patent Attorney Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
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$146,090
$146,090
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11/30/2019
11/30/2019
$104,350
$104,350
11/30/2019
Air Force Materiel Command
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11/25/2019
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$107,486
$107,486
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Pearl Cohen
Pearl Cohen
Patent Attorney
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09/30/2019
09/30/2019
$175,000
$175,000
09/30/2019
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09/19/2019
09/19/2019
$66,784
$66,784
09/19/2019
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Patent Attorney
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08/28/2019
08/28/2019
$74,789
$74,789
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08/27/2019
08/27/2019
$325,000
$325,000
08/27/2019
Associate Patent Attorney
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07/15/2019
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$210,000
$210,000
07/15/2019
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06/07/2019
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$129,800
$129,800
06/07/2019
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05/30/2019
05/30/2019
$120,526
$120,526
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