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General Attorney - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "General Attorney"

How much does a General Attorney in the federal government get paid? $135,943.24* *Based on the 2015 average.
33,186 EMPLOYEES
$4.47B TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

General Attorney was the 9th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 33,186 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2015, the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys hired the most employees titled General Attorney, with an average salary of $137,287.

Government General Attorney jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes professional legal positions involved in preparing cases for trial and/or the trial of cases before a court or an administrative body or persons having quasi-judicial power; rendering legal advice and services with respect to questions, regulations, practices, or other matters falling within the purview of a Federal Government agency (this may include conducting investigations to obtain evidentiary data); preparing interpretive and administrative orders, rules, or regulations to give effect to the provisions of governing status or other requirements of law; drafting, negotiating, or examining contracts or other legal documents required by the agency's activities; drafting, preparing formal comments, or otherwise making substantive recommendations with respect to proposed legislation; editing and preparing for publication statutes enacted by Congress and opinions or decisions of a court, commission, or board; and drafting and reviewing decisions for consideration and adoption by agency officials. Included also are positions, not covered by the Administrative Procedure Act, involved in hearing cases arising under contracts or under the regulations have the effect of law, and rendering decisions or making recommendations for disposition of such cases. The work of this occupation requires admission to the bar.

Agencies that have hired a General Attorney

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 5,778 $137,287.30
Social Security Administration 3,616 $95,256.66
Offices, Boards and Divisions 3,507 $146,893.91
Securities and Exchange Commission 1,843 $193,243.20
Internal Revenue Service 1,673 $132,097.52
Environmental Protection Agency 1,003 $140,369.22
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 910 $125,543.25
National Labor Relations Board 719 $124,611.24
Patent and Trademark Office 695 $131,712.20
Federal Trade Commission 658 $143,909.08
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 607 $118,862.81
Federal Communications Commission 597 $150,189.87
Executive Office for Immigration Review 571 $142,105.52
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 551 $134,127.11
Board of Veterans Appeals 550 $107,030.31
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 483 $122,376.20
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 458 $128,950.50
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 402 $204,730.86
U.S. Trustee Program 384 $144,697.29
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 374 $120,409.01
Office for Civil Rights 340 $112,791.25
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 338 $128,473.19
Department of Energy 331 $135,882.06
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 297 $176,550.41
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 285 $575.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 266 $138,319.01
Small Business Administration 229 $115,884.98
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 229 $140,068.83
Federal Bureau of Investigation 218 $147,425.33
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 201 $131,712.00
Federal Aviation Administration 194 $137,433.31
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 191 $130,210.58
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 187 $129,122.37
Transportation Security Administration 186 $144,995.99
Federal Emergency Management Agency 176 $121,275.28
Office of Comptroller of Currency 174 $186,455.14
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 157 $133,573.94
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 131 $130,713.04
Food and Drug Administration 130 $130,096.58
Merit Systems Protection Board 122 $142,792.88
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 121 $141,513.83
Departmental Offices 120 $154,097.53
Office of Secretary of Labor 108 $117,797.64
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 108 $139,939.15
Agency for International Development 104 $146,584.34
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 104 $136,048.22
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 103 $144,023.25
U.S. Coast Guard 102 $127,211.36
Drug Enforcement Administration 93 $152,595.84
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 90 $136,738.04
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 83 $130,248.96
Federal Election Commission 82 $137,561.07
Office of Special Counsel 77 $120,496.79
U.S. International Trade Commission 77 $143,393.70
Federal Labor Relations Authority 76 $119,320.99
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 76 $143,047.91
Office of Secretary of Transportation 76 $135,368.24
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 58 $135,432.84
Federal Highway Administration 50 $134,745.24
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 49 $139,690.55
Surface Transportation Board 48 $139,426.63
Office of Justice Programs 41 $142,719.76
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 41 $135,019.12
Federal Railroad Administration 39 $130,178.97
Headquarters, Nasa 39 $145,848.13
Consumer Product Safety Commission 36 $139,075.92
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 36 $130,614.17
Federal Housing Finance Agency 35 $200,332.29
Export-Import Bank of the United States 33 $139,737.58
Office of Personnel Management 31 $140,892.71
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 31 $180,132.68
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 29 $124,116.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 28 $110,040.50
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 28 $98,555.79
National Credit Union Administration 28 $176,527.11
Federal Transit Administration 27 $133,414.70
Federal Maritime Commission 26 $129,680.38
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 26 $129,616.54
National Science Foundation 25 $150,394.52
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 25 $117,266.40
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 25 $155,836.60
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 25 $132,474.48
Maritime Administration 24 $128,433.58
U.S. Marshals Service 24 $151,600.58
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 24 $152,786.79
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 23 $125,374.83
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 23 $126,564.91
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 22 $134,857.41
U.S. Secret Service 21 $128,108.71
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 20 $132,234.20
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 20 $137,466.75
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 19 $128,276.53
U.S. Tax Court 19 $142,706.21
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 19 $123,664.84
Office of Government Ethics 19 $133,441.89
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 18 $129,794.06
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 18 $129,877.33
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 18 $127,987.94
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 18 $110,708.33
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals 17 $160,904.65
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 16 $124,969.69
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 16 $148,540.38
Millennium Challenge Corporation 15 $151,327.47
National Archives and Records Administration 15 $132,880.60
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 15 $120,005.47
Farm Credit Administration 15 $206,157.13
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 15 $128,137.53
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 14 $130,307.71
Broadcasting Board of Governors 13 $136,291.85
Goddard Space Flight Center 13 $153,198.23
John F. Kennedy Space Center 13 $112,944.31
Railroad Retirement Board 13 $144,962.92
Office of Management and Budget 12 $137,885.92
Corporation for National and Community Service 12 $141,071.50
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 12 $142,401.58
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 12 $154,537.50
National Transportation Safety Board 11 $140,684.09
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 11 $144,378.36
U.S. Mint 11 $136,672.55
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 11 $153,361.64
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight 11 $112,796.09
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 11 $134,208.27
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 11 $126,975.91
Economic Development Administration 10 $129,598.70
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 10 $154,712.60
National Institutes of Health 10 $62,818.70
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 10 $148,022.80
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 10 $144,944.40
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 9 $153,792.78
Government Printing Office 9 $142,082.56
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 9 $129,430.78
Peace Corps 9 $145,603.00
Chemical Safety/Hazard Investigation Board 9 $115,683.78
Administrative Conference of the United States 9 $117,482.44
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 9 $146,213.22
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 9 $129,265.22
National Mediation Board 8 $138,020.38
Ames Research Center 8 $145,200.50
Office of Management (Department of Education) 8 $137,085.00
National Gallery of Art 7 $163,081.57
Trade and Development Agency 6 $135,280.50
Office of the Director 6 $115,806.50
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 6 $113,331.33
Langley Research Center 6 $144,408.17
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 5 $155,820.80
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 5 $132,239.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 5 $155,789.80
Office of Administration 5 $127,246.40
Office of Inspector General (Department of Education) 5 $144,271.60
Presidio Trust 5 $193,407.60
National Council on Disability 4 $107,904.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 4 $126,120.75
International Trade Administration 4 $138,360.25
Federal Student Aid 4 $131,473.50
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $110,242.25
Office of the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Department 4 $118,369.00
Departmental Administration 3 $116,987.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 3 $97,635.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 3 $150,381.67
Community Relations Service 3 $152,426.33
Council on Environmental Quality/Office of Environmental Quality 3 $123,680.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $148,304.67
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 3 $160,174.67
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Labor Management Relations 3 $137,959.33
Veterans Benefits Administration 3 $91,225.33
Dryden Flight Research Center 3 $134,907.33
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $110,905.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 2 $158,700.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 2 $163,598.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 2 $124,255.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 2 $154,244.00
International-American Foundation 2 $120,885.50
African Development Foundation 2 $158,700.00
Office of Science and Technology Policy 2 $132,515.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 2 $163,700.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 2 $151,681.00
Commission on Civil Rights 2 $134,156.50
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council 2 $140,143.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 2 $152,994.00
Marine Mammal Commission 1 $158,700.00
Pretrial Services Agency 1 $139,523.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $158,700.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $158,700.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 1 $158,700.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 1 $139,227.00
Selective Service System 1 $155,705.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $150,830.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $120,983.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 1 $132,613.00
Denali Commission 1 $115,477.00
National Appeals Division 1 $181,500.00
Morris K Udall Scholarship...foundation 1 $158,116.00
Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency 1 $153,608.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 1 $230,252.00

General Attorney Pay Distribution

The average pay for a General Attorney is $135,943.24. The highest paid General Attorney made $279,766 in 2015.

Common General Attorney Payscales

Payscale Number of General Attorney Employees
GS - General Schedule 21,752
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 5,901
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 1,739
ES - Senior Executive Service 855
CG - Corporate Graded 328
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 297
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 285
IJ - Immigration Judge Schedule 251
SL - Senior Level Positions 194
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 187
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 178
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 174
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 158
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 100
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 86
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 86
AA - Administrative Appeals Judges 71
AL - Administrative Law Judges 63
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 54
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 48
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 40
EX - Executive Pay 37
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 34
FO - Foreign Service Officers 32
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 29
CU - Credit Union Employees 22
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 20
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 18
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 16
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 14
CA - Board Of Contract Appeals 13
ZA - Administrative 13
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 11
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 9
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 8
SN - Senior Level System 8
PG - Printing Office Grades 7
SS - Senior Staff Positions 6
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 6
AJ - Administrative Judges 6
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 5
FE - Senior Foreign Service 4
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 3
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 3
EG - Consultant (other) 3
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
GE - Gpo Emp Formerly Under Pay Plan Sl 2
ER - Scientific Engr Pr Per Of Adv Res Pr Ag 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
IG - Inspectors General 2
FJ - Officials On Noncareer Appointments 1
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 1

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Occupation Family: 0900 LEGAL AND KINDRED GROUP

Average General Attorney Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a General Attorney was $111,132. Since then, the average pay has increased to $130,515 in 2017.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0905.

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