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Entry-Level Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salary

Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms can expect wages of $68K annually on average. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $39K from profit sharing — stretch from around $44K to approximately $137K. Some workers in this field — about one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. The majority of Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,552 - $130,855
(Median)
$44K
$68K
$130K
MEDIAN: $67,669
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50%
90%

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$14.00 - $50.28
(Median)
$14
$23
$50
MEDIAN: $23.00
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50%
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
$43,552 - $130,855  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,614  
Profit Sharing
$1,267 - $38,978  
Commission
$198.66 - $27,617  
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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$43,567 - $137,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,326
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
$14.00 - $50.28  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.93  
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 - $14,614  
   
Commission
$198.66 - $27,617  
Profit Sharing
$1,267 - $38,978  
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).
)
$43,567 - $137,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+41 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and New York (+15 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 2 percent below the national average.

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

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 58%

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 318 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 21%