Associate Attorney Salary (United States)

An Associate Attorney earns an average salary of $66,765 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Intellectual Property (IP), Real Estate, litigation, Complex Litigation Case Management, and Insurance. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.
Associate Attorney Total Pay (?
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$43,703 - $119,294
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MEDIAN: $66,765
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Associate Attorney Total Pay (?
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$15.12 - $51.58
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,703 - $119,294  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,111  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $12,294  
Commission
$194.89 - $30,410  
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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$44,199 - $125,259  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,710
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.12 - $51.58  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $54.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,111  
   
Commission
$194.89 - $30,410  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $12,294  
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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$44,199 - $125,259  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,710
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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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Experience Affects Associate Attorney Salaries

National Average
$69,000

Skills That Affect Associate Attorney Salaries

Real Estate
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litigation
up arrow 20%
Insurance
up arrow 12%
Litigation Case Management
0%
Legal Compliance
0%
National Average
$69,000
Negotiation
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Legal Research
up arrow 3%
Spanish Language
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Bankruptcy
up arrow 16%
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Gender
Female
48%
female alumni
 
Male
52%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 23%
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