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Starting Salary? Impact of increase?
« on: Apr 29th, 2007, 6:01pm »
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Hello!  I'd love to hear from you in response to the following ponderings...Thanks for your contributions.
 
1.  What would be a reasonable starting salary range for the following candidate:
Ph.D. - top 5 school, chemistry  
Post-Doc experience
3 years of industrial experience
without USPTO reg. #
 
Looking to start at:
Very large GP firm who needs chemistry expertise in the IP dept.
In major city, southern California area.
 
I understand that 4 years ago, starting salaries were about $70K and after getting a USPTO reg number, $85K.
 
2.  What is the impact of 1st year attorneys pay increase to $160k on the lowly patent agent?  Is the agent's pay also increased considering the fact that the two share similar duties.  
 
 
 
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 29th, 2007, 8:26pm »
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I don't know where first year attorneys make $160k.  Maybe Harvard law review editors who go to New York.  
 
In Tallahassee the average starting salary is probably between $50-60k
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Re: Starting Salary? Impact of increase?
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on Apr 29th, 2007, 8:26pm, florida308 wrote:
I don't know where first year attorneys make $160k.  Maybe Harvard law review editors who go to New York.  
 
In Tallahassee the average starting salary is probably between $50-60k

 
160k is the starting salary for 1st year attorneys at the  large general practice NYC law firms.  That number is for attorneys doing IP and non IP work.   Markets outside of NYC have seen increases to their base salaries, but in most places, salaries lag behind what NYC firms pay.  I don't know how that recent increase has affected patent agents.  
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Re: Starting Salary? Impact of increase?
« Reply #3 on: Apr 30th, 2007, 9:05am »
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on Apr 30th, 2007, 8:31am, Isaac wrote:

 
160k is the starting salary for 1st year attorneys at the  large general practice NYC law firms.  That number is for attorneys doing IP and non IP work.   Markets outside of NYC have seen increases to their base salaries, but in most places, salaries lag behind what NYC firms pay.  I don't know how that recent increase has affected patent agents.  

 
 
Isaac is correct. I know of several NYC firms where 1st year attorneys make 160K. It's probably relative when compared to other cities due to the insane C.O.L. in NYC.
 
50-60K seems extremely lowball to me.
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Re: Starting Salary? Impact of increase?
« Reply #4 on: Apr 30th, 2007, 9:21am »
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"... salary range for the following candidate:   Ph.D. - top 5 school, chemistry; Post-Doc experience; 3 years of industrial experience; without USPTO reg. #?"
 
If you are a member of the American Chemical Society, look at the ACS web site.  There is a calculator in which you enter your specific situation - education, experience, type of work, industry, etc. and the average and typical salary ranges (based on the ACS salary survey) are provided.
 
If you are NOT an ACS member ... join now.
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