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General Attorney - Federal Salaries of 2018

Pay Rates for "General Attorney"

How much does a General Attorney in the federal government get paid? $140,841.09* *Based on the 2018 average.
37,701 EMPLOYEES
$4.26B TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

General Attorney was the 8th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 37,701 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2018, 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 $142,809.

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 6,420 $142,809.18
Social Security Administration 4,308 $99,508.76
Offices, Boards and Divisions 3,817 $153,969.32
Securities and Exchange Commission 1,964 $207,084.71
Internal Revenue Service 1,646 $139,203.44
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 1,220 $134,659.49
Environmental Protection Agency 1,032 $145,467.93
Board of Veterans Appeals 947 $97,889.62
Patent and Trademark Office 875 $131,048.78
Executive Office for Immigration Review 833 $143,627.06
Small Business Administration 705 $78,707.74
National Labor Relations Board 683 $135,172.96
Federal Trade Commission 673 $153,595.07
Federal Communications Commission 590 $154,886.32
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 527 $130,812.24
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 526 $143,771.25
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 492 $134,011.71
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 451 $142,340.27
Customs and Border Protection 428 $129,427.74
U.S. Trustee Program 381 $151,238.62
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 379 $135,932.95
Office for Civil Rights 369 $121,974.49
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 363 $219,444.51
Department of Energy 353 $142,129.34
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 318 $175,265.61
Department of State 295 $152,973.72
Citizenship and Immigration Services 294 $150,857.39
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 286 $146,557.39
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 276 $200,400.59
Federal Bureau of Investigation 245 $153,287.48
Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals 230 $90,678.98
Federal Emergency Management Agency 209 $130,579.06
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 205 $139,252.53
Federal Aviation Administration 199 $147,374.61
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 198 $141,656.86
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 195 $139,131.76
Office of Comptroller of Currency 191 $197,002.66
Transportation Security Administration 186 $158,557.68
Food and Drug Administration 149 $140,256.81
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 149 $142,158.17
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 148 $148,042.30
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 141 $137,185.93
Merit Systems Protection Board 129 $146,976.49
Drug Enforcement Administration 125 $157,443.51
Office of Secretary of Labor 125 $116,620.92
Departmental Offices 123 $163,003.54
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 119 $145,599.77
U.S. Coast Guard 118 $136,614.72
U.S. Agency for International Development 110 $154,474.50
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 108 $141,848.16
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 108 $147,356.14
U.S. International Trade Commission 103 $145,410.57
Office of Special Counsel 102 $125,682.69
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 91 $143,078.90
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 89 $144,700.75
Federal Election Commission 84 $146,529.48
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 83 $153,730.94
Office of Secretary of Transportation 82 $148,423.12
Federal Labor Relations Authority 76 $130,896.89
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 61 $148,403.23
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 57 $148,817.25
Federal Highway Administration 51 $145,387.51
Surface Transportation Board 48 $154,479.19
Office of Justice Programs 45 $153,911.68
Headquarters, Nasa 44 $154,053.27
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 42 $146,764.93
Consumer Product Safety Commission 39 $145,281.87
National Credit Union Administration 38 $0.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 38 $202,627.00
Federal Railroad Administration 36 $132,918.56
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 36 $136,803.47
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 35 $128,671.09
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 35 $117,910.43
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 34 $134,249.44
Office of Personnel Management 34 $147,857.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 33 $162,101.58
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 33 $123,523.58
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 33 $107,973.48
Export-Import Bank of the United States 32 $152,241.97
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 30 $192,357.23
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 30 $141,329.55
Federal Transit Administration 29 $142,909.07
U.S. Tax Court 27 $144,987.78
U.S. Marshals Service 27 $161,950.96
Federal Maritime Commission 26 $141,391.04
National Science Foundation 26 $163,692.38
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 25 $138,110.60
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 25 $162,813.88
U.S. Secret Service 25 $139,070.50
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 25 $139,721.80
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 25 $139,934.72
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 25 $144,588.40
Maritime Administration 24 $142,254.42
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 22 $140,006.08
Office of Government Ethics 21 $141,699.76
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 21 $140,986.81
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 20 $155,729.50
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 20 $133,809.35
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 20 $137,506.05
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 18 $122,977.56
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 18 $137,782.06
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 18 $158,323.11
Office of Management and Budget 17 $137,388.76
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals 17 $172,682.35
Federal Student Aid 16 $121,589.75
Farm Credit Administration 16 $247,414.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 16 $136,396.31
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 16 $128,707.13
Millennium Challenge Corporation 16 $162,903.31
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 15 $150,419.87
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 15 $145,063.40
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 15 $151,435.87
John F. Kennedy Space Center 15 $121,910.13
National Archives and Records Administration 15 $145,348.67
Railroad Retirement Board 15 $151,280.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 15 $131,678.53
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 14 $154,630.79
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 14 $140,235.71
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 14 $133,966.29
Corporation for National and Community Service 13 $155,954.77
Peace Corps 13 $146,778.31
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 13 $157,556.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 12 $146,637.42
Administrative Conference of the United States 12 $119,861.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 12 $158,326.92
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 11 $153,805.45
U.S. Mint 11 $151,660.91
Ames Research Center 11 $156,770.45
National Appeals Division 11 $129,221.45
Economic Development Administration 11 $141,794.36
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 10 $159,951.60
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 10 $153,198.40
National Institutes of Health 10 $63,444.80
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 10 $153,976.50
Government Printing Office 10 $147,054.70
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 10 $136,705.30
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 9 $152,829.78
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 9 $135,350.56
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 9 $140,891.44
Office of Administration 9 $147,256.56
Chemical Safety/Hazard Investigation Board 8 $117,895.38
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight 8 $141,792.50
Office of Management (Department of Education) 7 $150,033.00
Trade and Development Agency 7 $146,215.86
Office of the Director 7 $131,109.57
International Trade Administration 7 $140,428.43
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 7 $130,934.43
Langley Research Center 7 $130,640.14
National Gallery of Art 7 $155,005.57
National Transportation Safety Board 7 $146,128.14
National Mediation Board 6 $144,151.50
National Endowment for the Arts 5 $131,434.20
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 5 $163,390.80
John C. Stennis Space Center 5 $131,718.20
Office of the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Department 4 $134,376.50
International-American Foundation 4 $113,295.00
Presidio Trust 4 $192,324.50
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $136,196.50
Institute of Museum and Library Services 4 $151,727.00
National Council on Disability 4 $125,896.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 4 $152,105.50
Council on Environmental Quality/Office of Environmental Quality 4 $115,335.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Education) 3 $163,684.33
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $154,044.67
Agricultural Marketing Service 3 $109,039.00
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 3 $126,675.33
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 3 $142,199.67
Commission on Civil Rights 3 $156,576.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 3 $148,118.67
Office of the Committee for Purchase from People Blind 3 $137,685.33
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 3 $172,661.33
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Labor Management Relations 2 $149,389.50
Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency 2 $155,356.50
Morris K. Udall & Stewart L. Udall Foundation 2 $160,212.00
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council 2 $148,944.50
Pretrial Services Agency 2 $137,508.00
African Development Foundation 2 $117,252.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $123,412.50
Office of Inspector General (Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled) 2 $153,987.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 2 $169,350.00
Indian Health Service 2 $105,780.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 2 $149,627.00
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council 1 $164,200.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $153,800.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $164,200.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $164,200.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $161,746.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $164,200.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $139,282.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $164,500.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $157,663.00
Office of Science and Technology Policy 1 $171,591.00
Marine Mammal Commission 1 $164,200.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $164,200.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 1 $164,200.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 1 $149,578.00
Selective Service System 1 $164,200.00
Community Relations Service 1 $164,200.00
Denali Commission 1 $152,522.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 1 $263,954.00

General Attorney Pay Distribution

The average pay for a General Attorney is $140,841.09. The highest paid General Attorney made $277,813 in 2018.

Common General Attorney Payscales

Payscale Number of General Attorney Employees
GS - General Schedule 25,281
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 6,529
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 1,848
ES - Senior Executive Service 889
IJ - Immigration Judge Schedule 415
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 318
CG - Corporate Graded 288
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 275
SL - Senior Level Positions 212
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 191
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 187
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 177
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 113
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 107
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 106
AL - Administrative Law Judges 95
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 91
AA - Administrative Appeals Judges 68
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 51
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 44
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 40
FO - Foreign Service Officers 38
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 35
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 33
EX - Executive Pay 32
CU - Credit Union Employees 30
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 29
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 17
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 17
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 16
CA - Board Of Contract Appeals 14
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 12
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 11
ZA - Administrative 11
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 9
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 9
PG - Printing Office Grades 9
SS - Senior Staff Positions 8
SN - Senior Level System 7
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 6
AJ - Administrative Judges 6
FE - Senior Foreign Service 6
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 4
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 4
IT - 3
CX - Senior Expert Positions In The Fdic 2
ER - Scientific Engr Pr Per Of Adv Res Pr Ag 2
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 1
GE - Gpo Emp Formerly Under Pay Plan Sl 1
EG - Consultant (other) 1

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Occupation Family: 0900 LEGAL AND KINDRED GROUP

Average General Attorney Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a General Attorney was $111,132. Since then, the average pay has increased to $150,295 in 2021.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0905.

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