An Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer earns an average salary of $66,052 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Regulatory Compliance, Contract Negotiation, and Complex Litigation Case Management.

$44,056 - $106,089
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$44K
$66K
$110K
MEDIAN: $66,051
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$17.84 - $170.20
(Median)
$18
$34
$170
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,056 - $106,089  
   
Bonus
$498.92 - $15,501  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $17,329  
Commission
$0.00 - $25,532  
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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$44,635 - $114,756  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,012
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$17.84 - $170.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.44  
Overtime
$4.70 - $185.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$498.92 - $15,501  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,532  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $17,329  
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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$44,635 - $114,756  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 271
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National Average: $68,746

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Attorney / Lawyer Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 12%





Litigation Case Management
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$69,000

Legal Document Review
up arrow 2%

Negotiation
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Client Interaction
up arrow 4%


Leadership
up arrow 6%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 504 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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