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Entry-Level Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salary

Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms take home approximately $68K per year on average. Overall incomes of Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms — including $15K bonuses, $32K profit sharing proceeds, and $27K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $44K and $140K. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms. Men make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms (50 percent) who responded to the survey. Nearly one-fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and close to one-half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$43,887 - $134,101
(Median)
$44K
$68K
$130K
MEDIAN: $68,231
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$14.29 - $58.72
(Median)
$14
$21
$59
MEDIAN: $21.00
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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
$43,887 - $134,101  
   
Bonus
$201.07 - $14,880  
Profit Sharing
$1,639 - $32,215  
Commission
$204.26 - $27,148  
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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$43,922 - $139,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,616
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $58.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.77  
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
$201.07 - $14,880  
   
Commission
$204.26 - $27,148  
Profit Sharing
$1,639 - $32,215  
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).
)
$43,922 - $139,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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Pay Difference by Location


Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, 45 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+40 percent), Houston (+19 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent.

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

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 54%

Complex Litigation Case Management
up arrow 3%

Litigation Case Management
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Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$70,000

Negotiation
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Legal Research
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 437 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 20%