Updated August 18, 2021
Average Senior Attorney Salary
$87,000 yearly
$41.83 hourly

Entry level Salary
$52,000 yearly
$52,000
10 %
$87,000
Median
$144,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$144,000$12,000$69
75th Percentile$113,000$9,417$54
Average$87,001$7,250$42
25th Percentile$66,000$5,500$32
10th Percentile$52,000$4,333$25

Average Senior Attorney Salary By State

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Senior Attorney average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$80,105$38.5112
Alaska$101,765$48.934
Arizona$122,037$58.6777
Arkansas$67,642$32.5223
California$128,302$61.68758
Colorado$96,434$46.36104
Connecticut$110,502$53.1334
Delaware$90,696$43.6011
District of Columbia$120,754$58.05183
Florida$71,640$34.44340
Georgia$82,960$39.88143
Hawaii$74,806$35.964
Idaho$88,078$42.3520
Illinois$97,174$46.72175
Indiana$74,477$35.8162
Iowa$85,555$41.138
Kansas$68,508$32.9416
Kentucky$76,645$36.8523
Louisiana$78,790$37.8826
Maine$67,310$32.3612
Maryland$102,581$49.3268
Massachusetts$106,147$51.03185
Michigan$103,055$49.5587
Minnesota$84,856$40.8089
Mississippi$73,418$35.303
Missouri$87,810$42.2267
Montana$66,876$32.1525
Nebraska$77,733$37.3723
Nevada$123,874$59.5517
New Hampshire$86,071$41.3821
New Jersey$94,435$45.40127
New Mexico$105,951$50.9418
New York$103,486$49.75370
North Carolina$79,797$38.36133
North Dakota$83,609$40.206
Ohio$79,324$38.1487
Oklahoma$74,885$36.0014
Oregon$105,203$50.5856
Pennsylvania$94,241$45.31126
Rhode Island$84,428$40.5914
South Carolina$63,871$30.7141
South Dakota$75,859$36.471
Tennessee$81,094$38.9947
Texas$102,747$49.40333
Utah$84,534$40.6442
Vermont$92,240$44.356
Virginia$100,804$48.46131
Washington$130,276$62.63184
West Virginia$81,159$39.021
Wisconsin$91,212$43.8555
Wyoming$70,181$33.7423

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Highest Paying Cities For Senior Attorney

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
San Francisco, CA$141,644$68.10
Seattle, WA$133,575$64.22
Washington, DC$123,751$59.50
New York, NY$106,198$51.06
Detroit, MI$104,586$50.28
Arlington, VA$104,045$50.02

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How much does a Senior Attorney make?

  • The average Senior Attorney makes $87,001 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a Senior Attorney is $41.83.
  • The average entry-level Senior Attorney salary is $52,000.
  • Highest paying states for Senior Attorney are Washington ($130,276), California ($128,302), Nevada ($130,276) and Arizona ($130,276).
  • Highest paying cities for Senior Attorney are San Francisco, CA ($141,644), Seattle, WA, Washington, DC, New York, NY and Detroit, MI.
  • Senior Attorneys on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $52,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $144,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $113,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $66,000
  • Industries with the highest Senior Attorney salaries are Professional, Transportation and Energy.

Average Senior Attorney Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$87,000$41.83+1.4%
    2021$85,800$41.25+0.9%
    2020$85,000$40.88+2.0%
    2019$83,300$40.07+0.7%
    2018$82,700$39.77+0.6%

    How Much Do Senior Attorneys Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a Senior Attorney can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for Senior Attorneys tend to be found in Professional, Transportation, and Energy companies. In fact, Senior Attorneys can make a yearly salary of $131,400 while working for Professional companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Senior Attorney SalarySenior Attorney Salary Range
    1Professional
    $131,400
    $60k
    $169k
    2Transportation
    $123,692
    $60k
    $169k
    3Energy
    $113,205
    $60k
    $169k
    4Insurance
    $94,735
    $60k
    $169k
    5Manufacturing
    $92,000
    $60k
    $169k
    6Retail
    $86,214
    $60k
    $169k
    7Government
    $74,112
    $60k
    $169k

    High Paying Senior Attorney Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Lawyer

    Avg. salary: $121,346

    A lawyer is a legal practitioner who specializes in understanding and interpreting laws and other legal matters. Their responsibilities revolve around providing legal counseling and advice, representing clients in different kinds of court proceedings, conducting research, collecting evidence, and coordinating with various experts. A lawyer must also manage and oversee the performance of assistants, paralegals, and other team members. Furthermore, there are instances when a lawyer must draft or manage documents such as contracts, trusts, deeds, and wills, assisting clients as needed.
    4,544 Lawyer 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.
    9,167 Legal Counsel Jobs
    Legal Consultant

    Avg. salary: $69,314

    A legal consultant uses legal practice knowledge to enhance a law company's efficiency and profitability. Besides advising on the right solutions for customer productivity, marketing and development strategies, legal consultants also actively manage risks by consulting on program and legal-related issues. They help the parent law firm meet its objectives by analyzing problems and developing solutions. Other than negotiating, drafting, and reviewing legal documents, legal consultants also conduct legal research and analyze the right securities, insurance, and retirement plans.
    27,287 Legal Consultant Jobs
    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
    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.
    14,504 Corporate Counsel 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
    Lawyer$121,347$10,112$58.344,544
    Legal Counsel$125,021$10,418$60.119,167
    Legal Consultant$69,315$5,776$33.3227,287
    General Counsel$112,651$9,388$54.1660,048
    Corporate Counsel$121,997$10,166$58.6514,504
    Attorney At Law$97,859$8,155$47.057,939
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    Recently Added Senior Attorney Salaries

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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Zwicker & Associates, P.C.Senior AttorneyDeerfield Beach, FL12/31/2021$70,000
    EarthjusticeSenior Attorney, Northeast RegionalNew York, NY12/28/2021$167,300
    Nonprofit JobsSenior AttorneyAnn Arbor, MI12/28/2021$75,000
    TSNESenior AttorneyAnn Arbor, MI12/28/2021$75,000
    National Disability Rights NetworkSenior Attorney Youth Practice GroupWashington, DC12/28/2021$85,176
    Stancorp Financial Group, Inc.Senior AttorneyNew York, NY12/28/2021$94,900
    Professional Diversity NetworkInternal Only--Senior Attorney, Rocky Mountain Regional OfficeLos Angeles, CA12/28/2021$141,300
    EarthjusticeSenior Attorney, Clean Energy ProgramWashington, DC12/28/2021$135,200
    Disability Rights CaliforniaSenior AttorneySacramento, CA12/26/2021$85,176
    New York State Civil ServiceSenior AttorneyNew York, NY12/25/2021$66,566

    Average Senior Attorney Salary by Demographic

    Senior Attorney Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $90,283
    female-income
    Female Income
    $85,361
    GenderIncome
    Male$90,283
    Female$85,361
    Median Senior Attorney Income by Race
    Asian Senior Attorneys have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American Senior Attorneys have the lowest average salary at $83,823.
    $95,000
    $76,000
    $57,000
    $38,000
    $19,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$89,102
    Black or African American$83,823
    Asian$93,039
    Hispanic or Latino$84,798
    Average Senior Attorney Salary by Education Level
    $95,000
    $76,000
    $57,000
    $38,000
    $19,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    EducationSalary
    Master's Degree$90,283
    Doctorate Degree$85,907