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Staff Attorney Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$83,000
$49,000
$83,000
$140,000
Staff attorneys in the United States make an average salary of $83,841 per year or $40.31 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $49,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $141,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire provide the highest staff attorney salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Hartford, CT
$111,479
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Map of Staff Attorney Salaries

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

Average Salary

Average Staff Attorney Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a staff attorney is roughly $83,841 per year, which boils down to $40.31 per hour. Interestingly enough, staff attorneys have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $134,344 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $71,000. Additionally, staff attorneys make more than the average salary in Hartford, CT, White Plains, NY, Washington, DC, Amherst, MA, and Alexandria, VA. On a more broad level, staff attorney salaries are highest in California, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Maine. On the contrary, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana offer the lowest staff attorney salaries.

City
Average Salary
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$134,344
$134k
Hartford, CT
Hartford, CT
$111,479
$111k
White Plains, NY
White Plains, NY
$111,060
$111k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$106,954
$107k
Amherst, MA
Amherst, MA
$106,027
$106k
Alexandria, VA
Alexandria, VA
$98,872
$99k
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
$95,835
$96k
Fort Lee, NJ
Fort Lee, NJ
$93,989
$94k
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA
$91,572
$92k
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
$91,370
$91k

High Paying Staff Attorney Jobs

Average Staff Attorney Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a staff attorney, being employed by a company such as Akerman or Katten Muchin Rosenman would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Baker Botts also report highly competitive salaries for staff attorneys.

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Staff Attorney Salary History

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    Staff Attorney Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a staff 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 Staff Attorney Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Staff Attorney
    Staff Attorney
    Indianapolis, IN
    Indianapolis, IN
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $52,000
    $52,000
    10/30/2020
    Kind Inc.
    Kind Inc.
    Interim Staff Attorney
    Interim Staff Attorney
    Interim Staff Attorney
    Ione, OR
    Ione, OR
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $67,000
    $67,000
    10/28/2020
    United States Courts
    United States Courts
    Staff Attorney
    Staff Attorney
    Staff Attorney
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    10/24/2020
    10/24/2020
    $97,047
    $97,047
    10/24/2020
    Staff Attorney-0088Ar
    Staff Attorney-0088Ar
    Noank, CT
    Noank, CT
    10/24/2020
    10/24/2020
    $90,203
    $90,203
    10/24/2020
    Kind Inc.
    Kind Inc.
    Interim Staff Attorney
    Interim Staff Attorney
    Interim Staff Attorney
    Newark, NJ
    Newark, NJ
    10/23/2020
    10/23/2020
    $62,610
    $62,610
    10/23/2020
    United States Courts
    United States Courts
    Federal Judicial Staff Attorney
    Federal Judicial Staff Attorney
    Federal Judicial Staff Attorney
    Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta, GA
    10/22/2020
    10/22/2020
    $67,437
    $67,437
    10/22/2020
    Staff Attorney
    Staff Attorney
    Milwaukee, WI
    Milwaukee, WI
    10/14/2020
    10/14/2020
    $58,240
    $58,240
    10/14/2020
    Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund
    Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund
    Staff Attorney, Florida Regional Office
    Staff Attorney, Florida Regional Office
    Staff Attorney, Florida Regional Office
    Miami, FL
    Miami, FL
    10/12/2020
    10/12/2020
    $126,225
    $126,225
    10/12/2020
    Ccsww
    Ccsww
    Staff Attorney-Homeless Prevention (Temporary)
    Staff Attorney-Homeless Prevention (Temporary)
    Staff Attorney-Homeless Prevention (Temporary)
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    10/11/2020
    10/11/2020
    $62,610
    $62,610
    10/11/2020
    Staff Attorney-Homeless Prevention (Temporary)
    Staff Attorney-Homeless Prevention (Temporary)
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    10/10/2020
    10/10/2020
    $62,610
    $62,610
    10/10/2020