Salary Details Of An Immigration Attorney

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Average salary of an immigration lawyer

As the name implies, immigration attorneys are those who attend and argue immigration cases. These attorneys can work for the government or they can focus on family based cases or employment based immigration where they work with the employers to attain legal status for foreign employees. There are a number of factors on which an immigration attorney’s salary depends on such as location, experience and legal practice.


Immigration is a department which comes under the federal law and not the state law. The General Schedule (GS) Grade acts as a basis for determining the salary for federal attorneys. For instance, as of 2009, an attorney with less than a year’s experience can earn an annual salary of $50,000 to $60,000. Immigration lawyers in Los Angeles who have a minimum of 2 and a half years experience can make around $83,000 to $108,000.


Defendants in removal proceedings or in deportation will not be represented by court appointed attorneys as is the norm in criminal cases. Defendants can either represent themselves or hire an attorney of their own. Attorneys who opt for private practice have significantly different rates. Depending on the umber of cases received and fee per case, the average salary for a defense attorney can vary between $60,000 and $100,000 per annum.


Low income or disadvantaged people can seek the services of non-profit organizations for representing them in immigration court and assistance with family sponsored petitions. An attorney offering his services for non-profit organizations can expect an average salary only under $50,000 annually and attorneys with no experience receive less than $40,000.

Solo practitioner:

A solo practitioner is an attorney who practices law without the assistance of other attorneys, or in other words, an attorney who works independently. However, they may be assisted by several support staff and they may have their own office or share office with other solo practitioners. There are a number of factors that influence the salary of solo immigration lawyers in Los Angeles. On an average, s solo practitioner can make around $30,000 to $100,000 annually.

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Experienced Immigration lawyers


Employment based immigration attorneys may either choose to work in mid- to large-sized firms or they can also work in-house. Major businesses generally have their own legal departments where they hire attorneys as employees. Such lawyers handling employment based immigration cases can make well over $100,000 annually.

The above are certain aspects regarding the salary details of immigration attorneys working in several fields. With experience, attorneys in this field can gain respect and fortune too.