Updated August 18, 2021
Average Staff Attorney Salary
$96,000 yearly
$46.35 hourly

Entry level Salary
$50,000 yearly
$50,000
10 %
$96,000
Median
$183,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$183,000
$15,250
$88
75th Percentile
$135,000
$11,250
$65
Average
$96,402
$8,034
$46
25th Percentile
$68,000
$5,667
$33
10th Percentile
$50,000
$4,167
$24

Average Staff Attorney Salary By State

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Staff Attorney average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$69,062
$33.20
Alaska
$68,637
$33.00
Arizona
$79,069
$38.01
Arkansas
$55,528
$26.70
California
$125,741
$60.45
Colorado
$88,938
$42.76
Connecticut
$96,939
$46.61
Delaware
$80,564
$38.73
District of Columbia
$110,602
$53.17
Florida
$68,388
$32.88
Georgia
$74,744
$35.93
Hawaii
$87,110
$41.88
Idaho
$65,272
$31.38
Illinois
$84,695
$40.72
Indiana
$61,215
$29.43
Iowa
$59,794
$28.75
Kansas
$54,006
$25.96
Kentucky
$64,957
$31.23
Louisiana
$69,312
$33.32
Maine
$74,815
$35.97
Maryland
$84,057
$40.41
Massachusetts
$91,190
$43.84
Michigan
$66,726
$32.08
Minnesota
$63,048
$30.31
Mississippi
$62,880
$30.23
Missouri
$65,855
$31.66
Montana
$48,841
$23.48
Nebraska
$59,238
$28.48
Nevada
$89,749
$43.15
New Hampshire
$69,623
$33.47
New Jersey
$97,392
$46.82
New Mexico
$87,179
$41.91
New York
$102,121
$49.10
North Carolina
$89,499
$43.03
North Dakota
$60,857
$29.26
Ohio
$65,810
$31.64
Oklahoma
$60,484
$29.08
Oregon
$79,106
$38.03
Pennsylvania
$80,740
$38.82
Rhode Island
$71,468
$34.36
South Carolina
$57,241
$27.52
South Dakota
$55,567
$26.71
Tennessee
$68,484
$32.92
Texas
$85,039
$40.88
Utah
$72,219
$34.72
Vermont
$71,918
$34.58
Virginia
$103,661
$49.84
Washington
$84,786
$40.76
West Virginia
$70,013
$33.66
Wisconsin
$65,083
$31.29
Wyoming
$50,911
$24.48

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Highest Paying Cities For Staff Attorney

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
San Francisco, CA
$142,597
$68.56
Washington, DC
$112,171
$53.93
New York, NY
$105,169
$50.56
Richmond, VA
$103,961
$49.98
Fort Lee, NJ
$96,505
$46.40
Hartford, CT
$94,589
$45.48

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How much does a Staff Attorney make?

The average staff attorney salary is $96,402 per year, or $46.35 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $50,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $183,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut provide the highest staff attorney salaries.

Average Staff Attorney Salary Over Time

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

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $96,400
    $46.35
    +1.4%
    2020
    $95,100
    $45.71
    +0.9%
    2019
    $94,200
    $45.29
    +2.0%
    2018
    $92,300
    $44.40
    +0.7%
    2017
    $91,700
    $44.07
    +0.6%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    General Counsel

    Avg. salary: $112,651

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    58,398 General Counsel 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.
    28,452 Housing Counselor 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.
    19,670 Legal Consultant Jobs
    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.
    3,473 Lawyer Jobs
    Law Internship

    Avg. salary: $36,359

    A law internship is a program that is designed for law students to give them valuable insight into the professional lives of attorneys and judges. Law interns need to understand and observe what being a lawyer involves. They are required to conduct research and present it to their superiors for case preparations. They must assist their senior lawyers in organizing all of their legal paperwork that includes case files, evidence records, and legal documents. Law interns are also required to be present in the courtroom to assist lawyers and experience actual courtroom proceedings.
    59,631 Law Internship 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.
    9,455 Legal Extern Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    General Counsel
    $112,651
    $9,388
    $54.16
    58,398
    Housing Counselor
    $90,021
    $7,502
    $43.28
    28,452
    Legal Consultant
    $69,315
    $5,776
    $33.32
    19,670
    Lawyer
    $121,347
    $10,112
    $58.34
    3,473
    Law Internship
    $36,359
    $3,030
    $17.48
    59,631
    Legal Extern
    $69,822
    $5,819
    $33.57
    9,455
    Job Openings

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    Which Companies Pay Staff Attorneys The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a staff attorney, being employed by a company such as Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer or Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Proskauer Rose and Katten Muchin Rosenman also report highly competitive salaries for staff attorneys.
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    Average Staff Attorney Salary by Demographic

    Staff Attorney Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $109,624
    female-income
    Female Income
    $102,102
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$109,624
    Female$102,102
    Median Staff Attorney Income by Race
    Asian staff attorneys have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american staff attorneys have the lowest average salary at $99,456.
    $120,000
    $96,000
    $72,000
    $48,000
    $24,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$108,348
    Black or African American$99,456
    Asian$115,448
    Hispanic or Latino$100,097
    Average Staff Attorney Salary by Education Level
    $110,000
    $88,000
    $66,000
    $44,000
    $22,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$109,624
    Doctorate Degree$103,098