An average Associate Attorney at a Law Firm in the United States can expect to take home roughly $82K annually. In the world of Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, total cash compensation can vary between $50K and $165K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $29K and $16K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Associate Attorneys at Law Firms claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and about one-half have dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Associate Attorneys at Law Firms (50 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,338 - $151,908
$49K
$82K
$150K
MEDIAN: $82,405
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$16.97 - $82.43
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,338 - $151,908  
   
Bonus
$967 - $29,087  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,893  
Commission
$21,000  
Total Pay (?
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$50,434 - $164,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 335
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.97 - $82.43  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$967 - $29,087  
   
Commission
$21,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,893  
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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$50,434 - $164,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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

  • 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.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)


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For Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, progressing to a Law Firm Partner role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Law Firm Partner can earn $204K annually. Many Associate Attorneys at Law Firms advance into roles as Attorneys or Associate Attorneys, but the median salaries are $4K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)


Associate Attorneys at Law Firms report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 41 percent, 19 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Litigation Case Management and Legal Document Review. The majority of those who know Legal Research also know Technical Writing and Complex Litigation Case Management. Those familiar with Litigation Case Management tend to be well versed in 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.


For Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $76K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $97K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $107K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $111K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,179

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, 47 percent above the national average. Associate Attorneys at Law Firms can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+45 percent), Denver (+42 percent), Boston (+37 percent), and New York (+26 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 17 percent below the national average. Employers in Miami and Irvine also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$85,000


Skills That Affect Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 41%



litigation
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$85,000


Negotiation
up arrow 2%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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