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Associate Attorney Salary

Associate Attorneys in the United States pull down an average of $67K annually. Overall incomes of Associate Attorneys generally bottom out at around $45K and peak near $128K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $15K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the specific company. Male Associate Attorneys are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field. Job satisfaction for Associate Attorneys is high. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and just under one-half have dental coverage, just over one in five claim no health benefits at all. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,284 - $121,039
(Median)
$44K
$67K
$120K
MEDIAN: $67,095
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$15.71 - $54.93
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$16
$27
$55
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,284 - $121,039  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,049  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $14,516  
Commission
$192.19 - $36,065  
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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$44,950 - $128,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,480
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.71 - $54.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $53.70  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,049  
   
Commission
$192.19 - $36,065  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $14,516  
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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$44,950 - $128,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194

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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.

Common Career Paths for Associate Attorney


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Associate Attorneys may progress into high-paying roles like Law Firm Partner, where median compensation is $203K annually. Associate Attorneys typically move into roles as Attorneys or Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, and those positions pay $11K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate Attorney


Associate Attorneys seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Intellectual Property, litigation, and Complex Litigation Case Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 20 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Bankruptcy, Spanish Language, and Technical Writing. Those proficient in Client Interaction are, more often than not, also skilled in Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Attorney

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Associate Attorneys do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $65K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $92K. Associate Attorneys with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $95K. Associate Attorneys who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $97K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Associate Attorneys, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 70 percent above the national average. Associate Attorneys can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+38 percent), New York (+27 percent), Houston (+21 percent), and Seattle (+21 percent). Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 percent.

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Experience Affects Associate Attorney Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Associate Attorney Salaries


litigation
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Legal Compliance
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Real Estate
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Negotiation
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National Average
$69,000

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 1%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 3%

Legal Research
up arrow 4%



Spanish Language
up arrow 8%

Bankruptcy
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 798 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 22%
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