An Associate Attorney (Law Firm) earns an average salary of $73,086 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Contract Negotiation and Complex Litigation Case Management. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this field.
Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Total Pay (?
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$46,110 - $139,888
(Median)
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73K
100K
140K
MEDIAN: $73,086
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Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Total Pay (?
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$14.42 - $64.52
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,110 - $139,888  
   
Bonus
$496.18 - $15,407  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $12,255  
Commission
$-0.49 - $15,242  
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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$46,354 - $146,429  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.42 - $64.52  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$496.18 - $15,407  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $15,242  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $12,255  
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).
)
$46,354 - $146,429  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,266
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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.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Washington
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San Francisco
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Austin
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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Philadelphia
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San Diego
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Atlanta
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Boston
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Denver
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National Average
$76,000
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Chicago
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Experience Affects Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%
National Average
$76,000

Skills That Affect Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 65%
Litigation Case Management
up arrow 4%
National Average
$76,000
Technical Writing
up arrow 4%
Negotiation
up arrow 7%
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Gender
Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 20%
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