The average salary for an Associate Attorney is $66,599 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, salary increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Complex Litigation Case Management and Contract Negotiation. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career.
Associate Attorney Total Pay (?
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$43,657 - $118,968
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MEDIAN: $66,598
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Associate Attorney Total Pay (?
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$15.00 - $52.84
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,657 - $118,968  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,793  
Profit Sharing
$783 - $12,095  
Commission
$0.00 - $24,468  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,107 - $124,998  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,568
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $52.84  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $59.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,793  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $24,468  
Profit Sharing
$783 - $12,095  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,107 - $124,998  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,568
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Job Description for Associate Attorney
Associate attorneys are lawyers who usually have a minimal amount of experience in the field. Many are just out of law school and developing their careers. Associate attorneys typically start out under the guidance of an experienced attorney, assisting with cases and writing reports. After gaining experience, associate attorneys can move up in the ranks of a law firm and start taking on their own clients, and acting as the lead attorney in cases. Associate attorneys essentially do the same job as a regular attorney, and also have other responsibilities such as researching legal information, writing legal briefs and preparing legal documents. Associate attorneys may also take part in jury selection, advising clients, negotiating with outside colleagues, and helping to argue a case in court. Associate attorneys work for their law firms as employees and are not considered partners, nor do they have any ownership in the firm. Their time in a position at a law firm is a valuable opportunity to build their contact list and create a network that they can use throughout their career.
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Associate Attorney Tasks
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
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Pay by Experience Level for Associate Attorney
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Experience Affects Associate Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
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$69,000

Skills That Affect Associate Attorney Salaries

National Average
$69,000
Litigation Case Management
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Legal Research
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Gender
Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 23%
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