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Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer Salary

An Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer earns an average salary of $63,781 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Regulatory Compliance, Complex Litigation Case Management, and Contract Negotiation.

$41,706 - $103,294
(Median)
$42K
$64K
$100K
MEDIAN: $63,780
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$15.80 - $150.78
(Median)
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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
$41,706 - $103,294  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,897  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $19,829  
Commission
$0.00 - $30,913  
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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$42,350 - $115,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 7,549
National Hourly Rate 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$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$15.80 - $150.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.66 - $5.25  
Overtime
$12.60 - $147.40  
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$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,897  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $30,913  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $19,829  
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).
)
$42,350 - $115,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 633

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Attorney / Lawyer Advice

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

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.

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 2%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 1%

Negotiation
0%

National Average
$66,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Client Interaction
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Legal Research
up arrow 4%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 4%


Spanish Language
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1311 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Common Health Benefits

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