The average Entry-Level Attorney in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $53K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Entry-Level Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Attorneys, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by slightly less than one-half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$39,426 - $78,370
$39K
$53K
$78K
MEDIAN: $52,909
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$12.77 - $39.15
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$39
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,426 - $78,370  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,106  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$39,501 - $79,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $39.15  
   
Overtime
$34.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,106  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$39,501 - $79,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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

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

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Entry-Level Attorneys who move on to become Attorneys may enjoy significant pay raises, as Attorneys get paid an average of $81K per year.

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Key Stats for Entry-Level Attorney

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
49%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
1%
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Experience Affects Entry-Level Attorney Salaries


National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Legal Document Review
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National Average
$54,000

Legal Research
up arrow 5%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
49%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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