Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer Salary

An Entry-Level Attorney / Lawyer earns an average salary of $64,340 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Regulatory Compliance, Complex Litigation Case Management, and Contract Negotiation.

$42,266 - $104,069
(Median)
$42K
$64K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,340
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$17.23 - $151.21
(Median)
$17
$31
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,266 - $104,069  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,908  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $19,700  
Commission
$480.47 - $25,760  
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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$43,177 - $115,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7,375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $151.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.24  
Overtime
$12.06 - $149.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,908  
   
Commission
$480.47 - $25,760  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $19,700  
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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$43,177 - $115,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 574
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National Average: $66,505

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Attorney / Lawyer Advice

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

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.

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Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 19%





Litigation Case Management
up arrow 3%

Negotiation
up arrow 1%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 1%

Leadership
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
0%

National Average
$67,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Client Interaction
up arrow 2%

Legal Research
up arrow 3%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1054 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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