An Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer earns an average salary of $67,082 per year. A skill in Complex Litigation Case Management is associated with high pay for this job.

$44,525 - $106,184
$45K
$67K
$110K
MEDIAN: $67,082
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$15.80 - $175.05
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$180
MEDIAN: $31.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,525 - $106,184  
   
Bonus
$504 - $15,582  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,569  
Commission
$993 - $30,201  
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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$45,088 - $115,243  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,935
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$15.80 - $175.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.22  
Overtime
$4.79 - $103.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$504 - $15,582  
   
Commission
$993 - $30,201  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,569  
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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$45,088 - $115,243  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 265

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National Average: $69,594

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Attorney / Lawyer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Attorney / Lawyer in Philadelphia:
"The stress involved and the amount of hours required to do t."
Balance the job with your personal life so that you do not loose your ability to have a personal life.

Attorney / Lawyer in Denver:
"Law School??"
Don't go to law school unless you have a very clear ideas of what you want to do. If someone else is paying for it, and you won't owe them anything, its a safer bet. But there are too many lawyers by far.

Attorney / Lawyer in Washington:
"It is Just a Job."
Litigation may be high stakes, but it rarely helps anyone. If you are looking for a career where you make a real difference in the world, this is not it. You will build your skill set, and you might be paid well. But if you are looking to make a difference or do something truly meaningful, look elsewhere. If you want to travel, litigation will help you do that -- but it will be within the U.S. And you will see the airport, hotel room and conference room.

Attorney / Lawyer in Minneapolis:
"Could be temporary, or semi-permanent."
Be flexible. Be prepared for temporary periods of unemployment and underemployment if you do document review. Also check to see what your state's overtime rules are and if you are considered exempt, or not, from those rules. Some agencies won't pay OT until you've worked 48 hours/week. Register with several agencies. Don't jump ship unless necessary, or you may not be 're-hired. Most agencies have 6-month non-competition agreements with each other. Be prepared to work for long stretches on a computer, in a crowded environment. Self-motivation and regulation is a must!

Attorney / Lawyer in New York:
"Cultivate relationships."
Take time to connect with mentors, colleagues, classmates, and others to form a support network. Don't waste your time at a firm that does not offer a supportive environment.

Attorney / Lawyer in Jacksonville:
No client, boss or opposing counsel is worth your license. Work hard. Be honest. Find a life balance.

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.

Key Stats for Attorney / Lawyer

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 498 votes.
073
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 498 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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