Entry-Level Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salary

Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms take home an average $68K annually. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $15K, $39K, and $28K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms can bottom out near $44K or top out at around $138K. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one-half collect dental insurance. Women Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$44,056 - $132,241
(Median)
$44K
$68K
$130K
MEDIAN: $68,205
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$14.44 - $55.00
(Median)
$14
$25
$55
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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
$44,056 - $132,241  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,659  
Profit Sharing
$715 - $38,783  
Commission
$193.92 - $27,907  
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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$44,087 - $138,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,018
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $55.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.22  
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 - $14,659  
   
Commission
$193.92 - $27,907  
Profit Sharing
$715 - $38,783  
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).
)
$44,087 - $138,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Pay Difference by Location


Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, 45 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+38 percent), Houston (+19 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent.

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

Contract Negotiation
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Complex Litigation Case Management
up arrow 12%

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 204 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 20%
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