INSTRUCTIONS - 2024 IMLA Local Government Attorney Salary Survey

Thank you for taking the time to complete the 2024 IMLA Local Government Attorney Salary Survey.

Your responses will be used to create a salary management tool for local government attorneys that you can use to support your budget. If someone from your jurisdiction completes* this survey, anyone from your jurisdiction may receive the results of the survey absolutely free. The person who completes the survey will automatically be e-mailed the final report, but anyone else from the jurisdiction may e-mail Caroline Storer ( for a free copy. In order to help facilitate the creation of the report with accurate and helpful data, we ask that please only one person from each jurisdiction completes the report.

The pricing structure for the results will be:

IMLA Members who complete the survey - FREE
IMLA Members who do NOT complete the survey - $199
IMLA Nonmembers who complete the survey - FREE
IMLA Nonmembers who do NOT complete the survey - $499

We estimate that it will take 20 - 30 minutes to complete. Please do not skip any questions.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN - You will need information about the population of your jurisdiction, your budget, your local government and your staff, including information about individual salaries and the salary schedule for your law office. Having personnel files available will be handy so you can determine how long someone has been with your office, how long they have practiced law, and what they are paid. In most instances, we anticipate that the chief legal officer for a local entity will be the person completing this survey. If you do not have access to salary information, please do not begin the survey. Instead, please forward it to the appropriate person in your department.

State/Municipal Leagues, Multi-Jurisdictional Agencies and Regional Authorities should not fill out the survey as the questions are not relevant. However, should a State/Municipal Leagues, Multi-Jurisdictional Agency and Regional Authority wish to receive a free copy of the survey results, please contact Caroline Storer to discuss opportunities.

If you represent more than one jurisdiction or entity, please complete the survey for the jurisdiction you have the most information for. If you have equal information for numerous jurisdictions, choose the one with the largest population. After completing the survey for one jurisdiction, feel free to go back and complete another survey for additional entities.

If a Question has an * next to it, this means that the question is required.

DEADLINE: Please fill out the survey no later than April 26, 2024.

No information that identifies specific organizations will be released to third parties without your permission. The data from this survey will be used to create a report that details the mean, median, mode and range of salaries in a given geographic area (most likely by state) and by population ranges. We will not use the results to report individual salaries or single out any one entity.

QUESTIONS? If you have any questions, please contact IMLA staff at 202-466-5424 x7104, or e-mail

*IMLA staff will contact you if your survey answers are not complete. You will then be given the opportunity to provide additional information. IMLA staff will solely determine if any given response is complete, and if it is deemed that that your response is not complete then you will not be eligible to receive the survey results free of charge.

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