Entry-Level Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms come in at around $68K annually on average. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms. Ranging between $44K near the bottom and $137K near the top, total earnings can include up to $15K from bonuses and up to $39K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $28K. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Entry-Level Associate Attorneys at Law Firms who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and close to one-half have dental coverage, roughly one in five claim no health benefits at all. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$44,179 - $131,262
(Median)
$44K
$68K
$130K
MEDIAN: $68,132
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$14.10 - $51.52
(Median)
$14
$25
$52
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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
$44,179 - $131,262  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,716  
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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$44,200 - $137,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,072
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.10 - $51.52  
   
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,716  
   
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).
)
$44,200 - $137,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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 (+39 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). With compensation 3 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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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%

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 220 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Common Health Benefits

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