Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salary (United States)

An Associate Attorney (Law Firm) earns an average salary of $72,419 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Contract Negotiation, Intellectual Property (IP), 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) Salary (?
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$45,575 - $144,898
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $72,419
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Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salary (?
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$14.81 - $65.39
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$45,575 - $144,898  
   
Bonus
$480.92 - $15,442  
Profit Sharing
$1,148 - $12,000  
Commission
$750 - $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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$45,631 - $150,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,367
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $65.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$480.92 - $15,442  
   
Commission
$750 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,148 - $12,000  
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).
)
$45,631 - $150,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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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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Philadelphia
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Houston
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Los Angeles
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Irvine
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Denver
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Atlanta
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Boston
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National Average
$75,000
Miami
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Dallas
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Chicago
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Experience Affects Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$75,000

Skills That Affect Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

Contract Negotiation
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Intellectual Property (IP)
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National Average
$75,000
Technical Writing
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Legal Research
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Negotiation
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Job Satisfaction

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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: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 20%