General Attorney - Federal Salaries of 2019
Pay Rates for "General Attorney"How much does a General Attorney in the federal government get paid? $144,538.61* *Based on the 2019 average.
General Attorney was the 9th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 35,511 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2019, 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 $145,182.
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.
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
General Attorney Pay Distribution
The average pay for a General Attorney is $144,538.61. The highest paid General Attorney made $283,700 in 2019.
Common General Attorney Payscales
|Payscale||Number of General Attorney Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||23,636|
|AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified||6,314|
|SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay||1,730|
|ES - Senior Executive Service||887|
|IJ - Immigration Judge Schedule||436|
|CN - Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protect(cfpb) Independent Agcy Within The Fed Res Syst(use By Cfpb Only)||273|
|CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Positions Previously Defined Under Pay Plan Codes Ad, Es, Gm, And Gs||257|
|CG - Corporate Graded||256|
|SL - Senior Level Positions||208|
|FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan||175|
|NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only||173|
|SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives||164|
|IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions||115|
|SO - Executive Positions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under The Es Pay Pla||99|
|AL - Administrative Law Judges||97|
|GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule||85|
|GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions||75|
|AA - Administrative Appeals Judges||61|
|EL - Non-executive Positions At The Federal Housing Finance Agency||45|
|CM - Fdic Supervisory And Managerial Positions Below The Executive Level Only||42|
|FO - Foreign Service Officers||37|
|EX - Executive Pay||35|
|FP - Foreign Service Personnel||32|
|NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path||32|
|CU - Credit Union Employees||31|
|IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only||29|
|EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only||24|
|LL - Executives At The Federal Housing Finance Agency||19|
|VH - Professional, Administrative, And Managerial||18|
|MC - Employees Of The Millennium Challenge Corporation Appointed Under Public Law 108-199 Only.||14|
|CA - Board Of Contract Appeals||14|
|PG - Printing Office Grades||9|
|SW - Transportation Security Administration Executives||9|
|EV - Federal Aviation Administration Executive Compensation Plan||8|
|SS - Senior Staff Positions||8|
|NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82, Subtitle G, Section||8|
|ZA - Administrative||6|
|AJ - Administrative Judges||6|
|SN - Senior Level System||6|
|FE - Senior Foreign Service||6|
|EJ - The Department Of Energy Organization Act Excepted Service||6|
|EI - Advisory Committee Member (other)||5|
|OR - Employees Of The Office Of Financial Research (ofr) Within The Department Of The Treasury||5|
|EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109)||3|
|NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82||3|
|CX - Senior Expert Positions In The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation||2|
|EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109)||1|
|EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only||1|
|ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109)||1|
|IG - Inspectors General Whose Rate Of Basic Pay Is Set At Level Iii Of The Executive Schedule Plus 3 Percent||1|
|GE - U.s. Government Printing Office Employees Formerly Under Pay Plan Sl (senior Level Positions)||1|
|FJ - Officials On Noncareer Appointments||1|
|EG - Consultant (other)||1|
|ER - Scientific, Engineering & Professonal Pers Of The Adv Research Proj Agcy-en||1|
|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.
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