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Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer earns an average salary of $63,253 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Regulatory Compliance, Contract Negotiation, and Complex Litigation Case Management.
Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer Salary (?
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$41,310 - $103,120
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $63,252
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Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer Salary (?
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$15.29 - $152.12
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,310 - $103,120  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,811  
Profit Sharing
$685 - $19,135  
Commission
$243.28 - $30,304  
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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$41,672 - $116,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 8,501
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$15.29 - $152.12  
   
Overtime
$14.93 - $148.48  
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$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,811  
   
Commission
$243.28 - $30,304  
Profit Sharing
$685 - $19,135  
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).
)
$41,672 - $116,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 766
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Attorney / Lawyer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Attorney / Lawyer in Chicago:
"Know What You Want."
Ideally only get into law if you have a specific plan and know exactly what you want to do. At the very least explore the real intricacies of the different areas of law prior to law school to get as close as you can to what you want in law school to focus on.
Attorney / Lawyer in Arcadia:
"Family Law Attorney."
Most of the time you will be dealing with people's emotions which is very draining. Learn to listen since most clients want someone to listen to them. Learn to listen to the judge, instead of taking notes. Don't be afraid of going to trial, the more you do the better you will become.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 21%
Leadership
up arrow 4%
Litigation Case Management
up arrow 2%
Negotiation
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Technical Writing
0%
National Average
$66,000
Client Interaction
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Research Analysis
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Legal Research
up arrow 4%
Legal Document Review
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Spanish Language
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
44%
female alumni
 
Male
56%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 25%