General Attorney - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "General Attorney"

How much does a General Attorney in the federal government get paid? $137,387.20* *Based on the 2016 average.
34,124 EMPLOYEES
$4.65B TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

General Attorney was the 9th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 34,124 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, 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 $139,543.

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 5,872 $139,543.06
Social Security Administration 3,655 $97,832.57
Offices, Boards and Divisions 3,583 $148,628.91
Securities and Exchange Commission 1,956 $194,537.17
Internal Revenue Service 1,643 $133,112.17
Environmental Protection Agency 1,050 $139,814.51
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 1,024 $122,282.30
Patent and Trademark Office 749 $131,141.67
National Labor Relations Board 709 $127,411.78
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 645 $118,998.00
Federal Trade Commission 641 $147,391.14
Executive Office for Immigration Review 622 $142,107.25
Federal Communications Commission 586 $150,912.00
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 550 $135,443.99
Board of Veterans Appeals 549 $111,432.27
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 502 $123,900.89
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 433 $131,833.51
Office for Civil Rights 392 $110,085.54
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 382 $122,243.13
U.S. Trustee Program 379 $147,012.27
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 371 $209,587.17
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 350 $129,942.29
Department of Energy 334 $136,385.26
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 310 $416.67
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 294 $177,153.55
Department of State 291 $142,524.19
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 271 $138,869.72
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 233 $143,572.91
Small Business Administration 226 $117,753.94
Federal Bureau of Investigation 220 $149,005.95
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 205 $132,472.80
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 199 $129,811.40
Federal Aviation Administration 191 $140,766.43
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 186 $132,880.18
Transportation Security Administration 186 $147,206.66
Federal Emergency Management Agency 180 $124,201.93
Office of Comptroller of Currency 176 $191,092.41
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 143 $135,757.35
Food and Drug Administration 139 $133,009.53
Merit Systems Protection Board 134 $140,612.01
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 132 $130,967.77
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 131 $145,445.46
Departmental Offices 124 $156,569.75
Office of Secretary of Labor 117 $114,455.52
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 108 $144,145.06
Agency for International Development 108 $148,083.40
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 104 $137,489.96
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 104 $142,244.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 98 $135,508.01
Drug Enforcement Administration 98 $153,687.04
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 85 $134,067.82
U.S. International Trade Commission 83 $141,979.22
Office of Special Counsel 82 $124,055.93
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 81 $146,429.99
Federal Labor Relations Authority 79 $121,346.16
Office of Secretary of Transportation 76 $137,700.63
Federal Election Commission 76 $140,110.86
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 59 $139,923.28
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 51 $143,316.84
Federal Highway Administration 48 $137,999.77
Surface Transportation Board 45 $144,901.13
Headquarters, Nasa 44 $147,726.09
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 42 $136,300.71
Office of Justice Programs 40 $148,558.20
Federal Railroad Administration 37 $130,946.11
Federal Housing Finance Agency 37 $202,944.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 35 $133,767.91
Consumer Product Safety Commission 34 $137,250.32
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 33 $116,656.18
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 32 $98,679.16
Office of Personnel Management 32 $140,592.84
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 31 $113,004.39
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 31 $187,655.29
Export-Import Bank of the United States 31 $144,390.16
National Credit Union Administration 30 $178,506.30
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 27 $155,218.63
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 27 $121,492.22
National Science Foundation 27 $155,089.67
Federal Transit Administration 27 $137,532.96
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 26 $131,501.96
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 26 $134,467.77
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 26 $128,940.27
Federal Maritime Commission 26 $130,230.27
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 26 $155,823.27
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 24 $128,397.46
U.S. Marshals Service 24 $155,075.83
Maritime Administration 24 $131,722.38
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 23 $135,528.57
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 22 $129,848.73
U.S. Secret Service 22 $131,106.55
Office of Government Ethics 21 $135,843.43
U.S. Tax Court 20 $142,722.15
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 20 $142,518.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 19 $114,365.16
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 19 $133,295.26
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 19 $131,205.11
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals 19 $168,682.68
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 18 $125,069.22
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 18 $133,151.56
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 18 $127,683.89
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 17 $134,109.29
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 17 $139,694.35
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 16 $127,640.69
National Archives and Records Administration 15 $136,919.80
Railroad Retirement Board 15 $140,474.20
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 15 $140,029.27
Farm Credit Administration 15 $214,010.60
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 15 $142,779.53
Office of Management and Budget 14 $144,987.86
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 14 $136,718.07
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 14 $129,824.79
John F. Kennedy Space Center 13 $120,726.62
Millennium Challenge Corporation 13 $158,967.31
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 12 $153,114.58
Corporation for National and Community Service 12 $145,558.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 11 $157,456.36
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight 11 $125,978.73
National Institutes of Health 11 $61,993.36
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 11 $135,946.45
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 11 $143,424.91
U.S. Mint 11 $140,992.09
National Transportation Safety Board 11 $133,777.82
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 11 $131,031.18
Broadcasting Board of Governors 10 $136,504.70
Administrative Conference of the United States 10 $110,294.30
Office of Administration 10 $142,402.20
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 10 $148,581.80
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 9 $127,842.33
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 9 $158,497.00
Ames Research Center 9 $148,845.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 9 $153,134.56
Federal Student Aid 9 $123,941.33
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 9 $150,103.33
Economic Development Administration 9 $133,581.56
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 9 $133,174.11
Government Printing Office 9 $146,362.11
Office of Management (Department of Education) 8 $141,244.13
National Mediation Board 8 $140,579.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 8 $140,626.88
Peace Corps 8 $151,832.50
Chemical Safety/Hazard Investigation Board 8 $108,903.38
Office of the Director 7 $117,510.86
Langley Research Center 7 $140,501.14
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 7 $109,399.83
International Trade Administration 6 $144,644.67
National Gallery of Art 6 $158,057.83
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 6 $134,458.00
Trade and Development Agency 5 $134,632.60
Office of Inspector General (Department of Education) 5 $156,128.80
National Council on Disability 4 $113,263.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 4 $141,812.25
John C. Stennis Space Center 4 $117,846.50
Presidio Trust 4 $171,552.50
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $113,039.75
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $122,379.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 4 $158,599.00
Office of the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Department 4 $120,474.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 4 $132,587.50
Council on Environmental Quality/Office of Environmental Quality 3 $130,344.67
Commission on Civil Rights 3 $141,974.33
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 3 $163,788.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 3 $101,957.00
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 3 $118,010.67
Community Relations Service 3 $155,254.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $148,970.00
African Development Foundation 2 $160,300.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 2 $165,801.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 2 $154,866.00
Departmental Administration 2 $128,563.50
International-American Foundation 2 $127,247.50
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 2 $132,480.50
Office of Science and Technology Policy 2 $139,008.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $119,813.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 2 $161,146.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 2 $157,751.00
National Appeals Division 2 $162,996.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Labor Management Relations 2 $141,263.50
Veterans Benefits Administration 2 $92,279.50
Office of National Drug Control Policy 2 $144,191.00
Selective Service System 1 $157,971.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 1 $140,570.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $120,983.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $126,749.00
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council 1 $153,702.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $149,432.00
Denali Commission 1 $123,782.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $150,200.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $160,300.00
Marine Mammal Commission 1 $160,300.00
Morris K Udall Scholarship...foundation 1 $160,187.00
Pretrial Services Agency 1 $141,555.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $160,300.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 1 $246,454.00
U.S. Coast Guard 1 $153,702.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $152,593.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 1 $140,854.00

General Attorney Pay Distribution

The average pay for a General Attorney is $137,387.20. The highest paid General Attorney made $282,928 in 2016.

Common General Attorney Payscales

Payscale Number of General Attorney Employees
GS - General Schedule 22,406
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 5,996
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 1,854
ES - Senior Executive Service 910
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 310
CG - Corporate Graded 301
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 294
IJ - Immigration Judge Schedule 279
SL - Senior Level Positions 193
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 182
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 177
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 176
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 144
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 100
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 85
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 84
AL - Administrative Law Judges 75
AA - Administrative Appeals Judges 68
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 50
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 50
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 38
FO - Foreign Service Officers 37
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 34
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 31
EX - Executive Pay 30
CU - Credit Union Employees 24
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 19
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 18
CA - Board Of Contract Appeals 16
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 16
ZA - Administrative 12
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 12
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 12
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 9
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 9
SN - Senior Level System 8
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 8
PG - Printing Office Grades 7
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 7
FE - Senior Foreign Service 6
AJ - Administrative Judges 6
SS - Senior Staff Positions 6
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 5
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 3
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 3
ER - Scientific Engr Pr Per Of Adv Res Pr Ag 2
EG - Consultant (other) 2
IG - Inspectors General 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
GE - Gpo Emp Formerly Under Pay Plan Sl 2
CX - Senior Expert Positions In The Fdic 1
EE - Expert (other) 1
FJ - Officials On Noncareer Appointments 1
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 1

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Occupation Family: 0900 LEGAL AND KINDRED GROUP

Average General Attorney Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a General Attorney was $111,132. Since then, the average pay has increased to $139,210 in 2018.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0905.

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