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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.
35,511 EMPLOYEES
$4.09B TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

General Attorney was the 380th 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.

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 6,205 $145,182.28
Social Security Administration 4,120 $102,208.69
Offices, Boards and Divisions 3,427 $158,360.44
Securities and Exchange Commission 1,833 $211,179.83
Internal Revenue Service 1,629 $141,490.66
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 1,174 $137,508.59
Environmental Protection Agency 987 $147,938.85
Board of Veterans Appeals 978 $109,344.17
Patent and Trademark Office 911 $132,627.73
Executive Office for Immigration Review 873 $143,836.71
Federal Trade Commission 630 $156,050.44
National Labor Relations Board 607 $138,468.74
Federal Communications Commission 561 $158,528.66
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 533 $131,816.55
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 480 $146,941.91
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 444 $136,678.88
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 428 $146,800.40
Customs and Border Protection 417 $134,128.10
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 360 $138,225.39
Office for Civil Rights 351 $125,854.85
U.S. Trustee Program 338 $154,582.67
Department of Energy 327 $146,179.55
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 324 $222,226.21
Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals 301 $87,122.08
Citizenship and Immigration Services 294 $153,933.98
Small Business Administration 292 $109,204.42
Department of State 280 $155,175.27
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 273 $180,807.76
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 268 $147,555.41
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 258 $206,261.21
Federal Bureau of Investigation 224 $157,942.68
Federal Emergency Management Agency 205 $133,034.41
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 189 $142,804.13
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 188 $143,560.60
Federal Aviation Administration 184 $149,644.97
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 184 $141,436.37
Office of Comptroller of Currency 173 $198,352.35
Transportation Security Administration 173 $161,395.45
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 138 $145,593.28
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 135 $152,993.83
Food and Drug Administration 135 $146,110.45
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 131 $139,110.22
Drug Enforcement Administration 117 $158,187.16
Merit Systems Protection Board 116 $154,049.05
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 115 $149,673.70
Departmental Offices 112 $165,298.43
Office of Secretary of Labor 106 $118,365.48
U.S. Agency for International Development 106 $158,118.64
U.S. Coast Guard 103 $141,530.55
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 102 $150,061.87
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 100 $144,258.34
U.S. International Trade Commission 92 $151,498.60
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 92 $144,436.29
Office of Special Counsel 90 $127,779.22
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 88 $145,703.97
Office of Secretary of Transportation 80 $149,149.10
Federal Election Commission 79 $150,686.44
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 76 $156,427.30
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 63 $151,431.48
Federal Labor Relations Authority 57 $131,472.11
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 56 $151,051.59
Surface Transportation Board 50 $156,671.82
Federal Highway Administration 48 $149,897.77
Office of Justice Programs 43 $160,018.07
Headquarters, Nasa 43 $156,659.21
Federal Railroad Administration 40 $138,362.35
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 40 $148,389.92
National Credit Union Administration 39 $0.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 39 $212,065.21
Consumer Product Safety Commission 36 $149,867.78
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 35 $146,730.86
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 34 $135,619.03
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 33 $120,014.94
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 32 $127,364.53
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 31 $166,062.16
Office of Personnel Management 29 $149,426.86
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 29 $142,390.72
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 29 $139,018.17
Federal Transit Administration 27 $142,180.56
Maritime Administration 27 $141,891.67
U.S. Secret Service 27 $142,093.35
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 26 $164,923.88
Export-Import Bank of the United States 26 $157,279.27
National Science Foundation 26 $167,406.54
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 25 $118,998.08
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 25 $210,149.96
U.S. Marshals Service 25 $164,589.04
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 24 $148,872.25
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 24 $140,317.29
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 24 $161,548.46
U.S. Tax Court 23 $149,843.52
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 21 $141,732.81
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 21 $139,960.76
Office of Government Ethics 21 $145,272.80
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 21 $143,181.18
Federal Maritime Commission 21 $146,940.52
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 21 $141,117.81
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 21 $141,203.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 20 $144,113.85
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 18 $124,850.39
Railroad Retirement Board 17 $155,987.24
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 17 $137,278.53
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals 16 $175,600.00
Farm Credit Administration 16 $256,324.57
John F. Kennedy Space Center 15 $127,519.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 15 $170,278.07
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 15 $144,918.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 15 $137,331.27
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 15 $135,042.53
National Archives and Records Administration 14 $151,053.86
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 14 $159,298.07
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 14 $141,104.29
Office of Management and Budget 14 $152,444.07
Goddard Space Flight Center 13 $157,230.69
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 13 $155,638.54
Economic Development Administration 13 $141,914.31
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 13 $161,095.92
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 12 $160,002.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 12 $165,914.58
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 12 $131,401.50
Broadcasting Board of Governors 12 $148,574.83
National Appeals Division 12 $123,468.25
Corporation for National and Community Service 11 $152,001.36
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 10 $158,394.10
Administrative Conference of the United States 10 $126,755.90
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 10 $136,380.30
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 10 $145,528.78
Ames Research Center 10 $154,035.40
Peace Corps 10 $154,754.60
Government Printing Office 10 $152,224.40
U.S. Mint 10 $151,764.40
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 9 $142,299.78
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 9 $143,198.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 9 $156,299.33
Federal Student Aid 9 $123,335.22
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 9 $159,748.67
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 9 $151,731.67
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight 9 $141,816.11
Office of Administration 8 $147,370.88
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 8 $118,554.29
Office of the Director 8 $142,072.13
National Gallery of Art 8 $153,085.63
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 8 $158,248.00
National Transportation Safety Board 7 $155,572.29
Trade and Development Agency 7 $150,835.86
International Trade Administration 6 $141,285.33
Langley Research Center 6 $151,096.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 6 $162,629.83
National Mediation Board 6 $156,240.83
Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs 5 $143,613.20
National Endowment for the Arts 5 $135,696.20
Chemical Safety/Hazard Investigation Board 5 $145,591.80
Office of the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Department 4 $138,317.50
Commission on Civil Rights 4 $151,614.50
National Council on Disability 4 $129,223.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 4 $140,200.50
Council on Environmental Quality/Office of Environmental Quality 4 $121,899.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 4 $154,995.75
National Institutes of Health 4 $52,175.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 4 $154,083.25
Presidio Trust 4 $196,946.25
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $145,631.33
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 3 $175,092.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 3 $153,970.33
Office of Inspector General (Department of Education) 3 $165,458.33
International-American Foundation 3 $122,127.67
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 3 $133,716.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 3 $146,209.67
Office of National Drug Control Policy 2 $159,066.50
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 2 $263,043.00
Pretrial Services Agency 2 $140,631.50
Office of Inspector General (Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled) 2 $156,769.00
African Development Foundation 2 $119,200.50
Agricultural Marketing Service 2 $107,273.50
Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency 2 $158,884.50
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council 2 $149,293.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $128,960.50
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 2 $155,519.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $159,426.00
Indian Health Service 2 $111,787.50
Selective Service System 1 $166,500.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $165,417.00
Denali Commission 1 $155,708.00
Marine Mammal Commission 1 $166,500.00
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council 1 $166,500.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $138,827.00
Community Relations Service 1 $166,500.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 1 $152,067.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $166,500.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $166,500.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $176,900.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $166,500.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $156,000.00
Office of the Committee for Purchase from People Blind 1 $166,500.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $120,983.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $160,286.00
Office of Science and Technology Policy 1 $176,750.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $166,500.00

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

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Occupation Family: 0900 LEGAL AND KINDRED GROUP

Average General Attorney Pay Trend from 2004 to 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a General Attorney was $111,132. Since then, the average pay has increased to $144,539 in 2019.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0905.

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