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Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salary

Associate Attorneys at Law Firms in the United States take home approximately $73K per year on average. Cash earnings for Associate Attorneys at Law Firms — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $46K to approximately $148K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and half get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Associate Attorneys at Law Firms who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$45,493 - $142,599
(Median)
$45K
$73K
$140K
MEDIAN: $73,329
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$14.56 - $62.51
(Median)
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$63
MEDIAN: $29.00
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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
$45,493 - $142,599  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,467  
Profit Sharing
$1,198 - $20,000  
Commission
$206.08 - $26,979  
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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$45,643 - $147,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,631
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.56 - $62.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.72  
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 - $15,467  
   
Commission
$206.08 - $26,979  
Profit Sharing
$1,198 - $20,000  
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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$45,643 - $147,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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Job Description for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)

Associate attorneys at law firms are responsible for completing legal tasks for their firm. They conduct research for current legal cases, attend court proceedings, and provide accurate analysis and advice on future legal actions. In addition, they complete and deliver crucial documents to courts as needed. Associate attorneys provide legal advice to their clients, and thus must respect confidentiality agreements. They also negotiate on behalf on their firm with jury selection, and they may also argue cases in court.

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Associate Attorney (Law Firm) 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 (Law Firm)


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Associate Attorneys at Law Firms' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Law Firm Partner. The average Law Firm Partner brings home $203K per year. Associate Attorneys at Law Firms typically move into roles as Attorneys or Corporate Counsels, and those positions pay $4K more and $41K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)


Associate Attorneys at Law Firms seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Contract Negotiation, Intellectual Property (IP), and Complex Litigation Case Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 73 percent, 56 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Negotiation, Legal Research, and Technical Writing. For most people, competency in Legal Research indicates knowledge of Technical Writing and Complex Litigation Case Management. Those who learned Litigation Case Management also tend to know Complex Litigation Case Management and Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $70K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $96K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $116K. Associate Attorneys at Law Firms who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $108K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Associate Attorneys at Law Firms will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+33 percent), Houston (+26 percent), New York (+26 percent), and Philadelphia (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Employers in Miami and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 41%


National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 73%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 56%


Litigation Case Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$77,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%


Negotiation
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 393 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 21%
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