Entry-Level Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salary

Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms take home approximately $70K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $40K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms can bottom out near $47K or peak near $151K depending on individual performance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little more than half collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$46,339 - $145,563
(Median)
$46K
$70K
$150K
MEDIAN: $70,495
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$14.10 - $74.50
(Median)
$14
$29
$74
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$46,339 - $145,563  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,067  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $40,134  
Commission
$7,000  
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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$46,820 - $151,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 671
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.10 - $74.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.87  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,067  
   
Commission
$7,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $40,134  
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).
)
$46,820 - $151,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,348

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For Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, Washington provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+34 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and New York (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 4 percent below the national average.

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Skills That Affect Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 42%

Complex Litigation Case Management
up arrow 10%

Litigation Case Management
0%

National Average
$72,000

Negotiation
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Legal Research
up arrow 3%

Technical Writing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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