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Entry-Level Attorney Salary

Entry-Level Attorneys in the United States take home approximately $54K per year on average. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Attorneys making up 53 percent of survey respondents. The majority of Entry-Level Attorneys claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than two-fifths have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$38,375 - $80,679
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MEDIAN: $53,973
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$12.08 - $77.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,375 - $80,679  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,088  
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $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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$35,923 - $86,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 610
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $77.50  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $75.00  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,088  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $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).
)
$35,923 - $86,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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.

Common Career Paths for Entry-Level Attorney


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Entry-Level Attorneys usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Attorney. The average pay for an Attorney is $80K annually.

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Popular Skills for Entry-Level Attorney


Survey takers who work as Entry-Level Attorneys report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Legal Research, Litigation Case Management, and Legal Document Review can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Legal Document Review and Litigation Case Management. Most people familiar with Legal Research also know Legal Document Review.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Legal Research
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National Average
$54,000

Litigation Case Management
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Legal Document Review
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

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: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 28%