Entry-Level Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salary

Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms pull down an average of $70K annually. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms stretch from $47K on the lower end to $151K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $40K from profit sharing. A strong majority enjoy medical while over one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over a third. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms (51 percent) survey respondents. Most Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$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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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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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Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+34 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 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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