The East Coast offers the largest salaries to Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms; the three top-paying cities in the field are Washington, New York, and Boston. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $25K and $16K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms can bottom out near $48K or peak near $159K depending on individual performance. Women Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — roughly a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$46,943 - $143,140
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$47K
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MEDIAN: $72,050
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$46,943 - $143,140  
   
Bonus
$493.16 - $24,917  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $16,162  
Total Pay (?
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$47,866 - $158,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$23.96  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$493.16 - $24,917  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $16,162  
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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$47,866 - $158,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,409

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For Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, Washington, New York, and Boston, three eastern American cities, are home to the highest salaries in the country, all offering a rate above the national average. Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Atlanta (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

Complex Litigation Case Management
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Contract Negotiation
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Legal Research
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National Average
$73,000

Litigation Case Management
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Negotiation
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Technical Writing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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