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Entry-Level Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salary

The average Entry-Level Associate Attorney at a Law Firm earns approximately $68K annually. Total cash earnings of Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms range from $44K on the low end to $136K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $39K, respectively. While some workers in this profession — close to a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and nearly one-half have dental insurance. For the most part, Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$43,704 - $129,459
(Median)
$44K
$68K
$130K
MEDIAN: $67,783
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50%
90%

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$13.91 - $50.71
(Median)
$14
$24
$51
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,704 - $129,459  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,717  
Profit Sharing
$1,242 - $39,453  
Commission
$197.27 - $27,716  
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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$43,718 - $136,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,251
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $50.71  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.02  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,717  
   
Commission
$197.27 - $27,716  
Profit Sharing
$1,242 - $39,453  
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).
)
$43,718 - $136,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50

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Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+40 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Philadelphia (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 2 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 57%

Complex Litigation Case Management
up arrow 7%

Litigation Case Management
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Technical Writing
0%

Negotiation
0%

National Average
$70,000

Legal Research
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 288 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 21%
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