Entry-Level Attorney Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Attorney earns an average salary of $53,285 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.
Entry-Level Attorney Total Pay (?
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$37,886 - $81,332
(Median)
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81K
MEDIAN: $53,285
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Entry-Level Attorney Total Pay (?
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$12.14 - $55.77
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$37,886 - $81,332  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,145  
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $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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$35,679 - $89,632  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 843
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$12.14 - $55.77  
   
Overtime
$19.08 - $81.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,145  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $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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$35,679 - $89,632  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 843
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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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Pay Difference By Location
Washington
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New York
up arrow 17%
Philadelphia
up arrow 15%
Los Angeles
up arrow 14%
Orlando
up arrow 14%
Phoenix
up arrow 14%
San Francisco
up arrow 12%
Chicago
up arrow 11%
Miami
up arrow 10%
Houston
up arrow 4%
National Average
$54,000
Atlanta
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Nashville
up arrow 8%
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Experience Affects Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%
National Average
$54,000

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Legal Research
up arrow 3%
Legal Document Review
up arrow 1%
National Average
$54,000
Litigation Case Management
up arrow 5%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
44%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
2%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 28%
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