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Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer Salary

An Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer earns an average salary of $63,695 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Regulatory Compliance, Contract Negotiation, and Complex Litigation Case Management.

$41,689 - $103,085
(Median)
$42K
$64K
$100K
MEDIAN: $63,695
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$15.63 - $149.73
(Median)
$16
$30
$150
MEDIAN: $30
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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
$41,689 - $103,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,829  
Profit Sharing
$514 - $19,400  
Commission
$0.00 - $35,234  
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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$42,281 - $115,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 7,658
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.63 - $149.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.66 - $5.25  
Overtime
$14.77 - $146.20  
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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,829  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $35,234  
Profit Sharing
$514 - $19,400  
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).
)
$42,281 - $115,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 648

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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 3%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 2%

Negotiation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$66,000

Client Interaction
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 2%

Legal Research
up arrow 3%


Spanish Language
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1388 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 25%