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Associate Attorney Salary (United States)

Associate Attorneys in the United States take home approximately $67K per year on average. Overall incomes of Associate Attorneys — including $15K bonuses, $13K profit sharing proceeds, and $36K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $45K and $129K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just under one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a little less than half get dental coverage, too. The majority of Associate Attorneys claim high levels of job satisfaction. 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. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Associate Attorney Salary (?
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$44,019 - $121,331
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MEDIAN: $67,281
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Associate Attorney Salary (?
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$15.26 - $55.39
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,019 - $121,331  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,194  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $12,585  
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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$44,555 - $129,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,995
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.26 - $55.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $53.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,194  
   
Commission
$192.19 - $36,065  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $12,585  
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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$44,555 - $129,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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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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As Associate Attorneys transition into upper-level roles such as Law Firm Partner, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Law Firm Partners on average earn $203K per year. Associate Attorneys moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Attorneys or Associate Attorneys at Law Firms. The median paychecks in those roles are $11K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate Attorney

Survey results imply that Associate Attorneys deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Intellectual Property, litigation, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 18 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bankruptcy, Spanish Language, and Technical Writing. Most people skilled in Client Interaction are similarly competent in Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Attorney

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Associate Attorneys, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $65K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $92K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Associate Attorneys with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $93K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $95K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$70,000
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For Associate Attorneys, Washington provides a pay rate that is 74 percent greater than the national average. Associate Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+40 percent), Seattle (+26 percent), New York (+26 percent), and Houston (+20 percent).

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Experience Affects Associate Attorney Salaries

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$70,000

Skills That Affect Associate Attorney Salaries

litigation
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$70,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
47%
female alumni
 
Male
53%
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: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 23%