Entry-Level Attorney Salary

For Entry-Level Attorneys, annual average wages total $56K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Attorneys making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Most Entry-Level Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and slightly less than one-half have dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,562 - $82,247
(Median)
$39K
$56K
$82K
MEDIAN: $56,158
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$12.25 - $96.35
(Median)
$12
$23
$96
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$38,562 - $82,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,055  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $10,000  
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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$36,944 - $89,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 534
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $96.35  
   
Overtime
$16.85 - $97.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,055  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $10,000  
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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$36,944 - $89,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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Job Description for Entry-Level Attorney

Entry-level attorneys are normally employed in larger law firms for work that must be performed by persons with legal training. As the most inexperienced lawyers at a firm, entry-level attorneys may not be asked to present a casein a courtroom. Instead, they generally assist more senior legal personnel with casework, research, writing, and information collecting. They typically work with partners to ensure the firm’s clients receive the best possible legal representation.

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Entry-Level Attorney Tasks

  • Assist attorneys with gathering evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions.
  • Evaluate findings and work with upper level attorneys to develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.

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Many Entry-Level Attorneys move into an Attorney role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $81K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Entry-Level Attorneys typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Litigation Case Management, Legal Research, and Legal Document Review can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Legal Document Review. It is not unusual for someone who knows Legal Document Review to be familiar with Legal Research as well.

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Experience Affects Entry-Level Attorney Salaries


National Average
$56,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$56,000

Legal Research
up arrow 1%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
45%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
2%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 28%
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