Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salary

Median pay for Associate Attorneys at Law Firms in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $80K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $25K and $16K, respectively — total cash payment to Associate Attorneys at Law Firms can bottom out near $51K or peak near $158K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women Associate Attorneys at Law Firms who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by nearly one-half. Work is enjoyable for Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,835 - $143,020
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$80K
$140K
MEDIAN: $80,374
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$17.26 - $81.09
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$81
MEDIAN: $30.00
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$0$157K
Salary $49,835 - $143,020
Bonus $518 - $25,342
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $16,244
Commission $21,000
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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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$51,304 - $157,692
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 375
Hourly Data $0$81
Hourly Rate $17.26 - $81.09
Annual Data $0$157K
Bonus $518 - $25,342
Commission $21,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $16,244
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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$51,304 - $157,692
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 17

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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

  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases
  • 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 $204K per year. A lot of Associate Attorneys at Law Firms advance their careers by becoming Attorneys and Associate Attorneys. However, those positions offer $1K less and $11K less per year on average.

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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 Intellectual Property, Complex Litigation Case Management, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 19 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in Legal Research also know Technical Writing and Complex Litigation Case Management. Most people familiar with Litigation Case Management also know Complex Litigation Case Management and Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)

Pay by Experience for an Associate Attorney (Law Firm) has a positive trend. An entry-level Associate Attorney (Law Firm) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 245 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Associate Attorney (Law Firm) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 98 salaries. An experienced Associate Attorney (Law Firm) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 51 salaries. An Associate Attorney (Law Firm) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 11 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,520

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Associate Attorneys at Law Firms in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 51 percent above the national average. Associate Attorneys at Law Firms can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+47 percent), Boston (+39 percent), Houston (+38 percent), and New York (+31 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 12 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

▲35%

▲29%

▲15%

National Average
$83,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
▲45%



litigation
▲4%

Technical Writing
▲1%

Legal Document Review
▼0%

National Average
$83,000


▼2%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 24%
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