Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer earns an average salary of $63,145 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 Total Pay (?
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$41,289 - $102,831
(Median)
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63K
81K
100K
MEDIAN: $63,144
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Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer Total Pay (?
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$15.24 - $153.45
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data

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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
$41,289 - $102,831  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,745  
Profit Sharing
$834 - $17,362  
Commission
$290.87 - $29,900  
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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$41,648 - $116,159  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 9,444
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$15.24 - $153.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.44 - $5.25  
Overtime
$14.79 - $150.50  
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 - $14,745  
   
Commission
$290.87 - $29,900  
Profit Sharing
$834 - $17,362  
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).
)
$41,648 - $116,159  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 9,444
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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.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
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Leadership
up arrow 4%
Negotiation
up arrow 3%
Litigation Case Management
up arrow 1%
National Average
$65,000
Technical Writing
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litigation
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Research Analysis
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Client Interaction
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Legal Research
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Spanish Language
up arrow 8%

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Gender

Female
45%
female alumni
 
Male
55%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 24%
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